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The snake pit at the 45th annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby in Mangum, Oklahoma. This rattlesnake festival takes in between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds of western diamondback rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox) each year. Some 30,000 people come here on the last weekend of April to see such things as a photo booth in which people can pose with a live rattler that’s been defanged and had its mouth stitched shut, a safari bus tour in which folks can pick up a live rattlesnake, a cafe serving rattlesnake meat, and a butcher shop.

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The snake pit at the 45th annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby in Mangum, Oklahoma. This rattlesnake festival takes in between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds of western diamondback rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox) each year. Some 30,000 people come here on the last weekend of April to see such things as a photo booth in which people can pose with a live rattler that’s been defanged and had its mouth stitched shut, a safari bus tour in which folks can pick up a live rattlesnake, a cafe serving rattlesnake meat, and a butcher shop.

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The snake pit at the 45th annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby in Mangum, Oklahoma. This rattlesnake festival takes in between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds of western diamondback rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox) each year. Some 30,000 people come here on the last weekend of April to see such things as a photo booth in which people can pose with a live rattler that’s been defanged and had its mouth stitched shut, a safari bus tour in which folks can pick up a live rattlesnake, a cafe serving rattlesnake meat, and a butcher shop.

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Snake wranglers from the 45th annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby in Mangum, Oklahoma. This rattlesnake festival takes in between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds of western diamondback rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox) each year.

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The snake pit at the 45th annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby in Mangum, Oklahoma. This rattlesnake festival takes in between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds of western diamondback rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox) each year. Some 30,000 people come here on the last weekend of April to see such things as a photo booth in which people can pose with a live rattler that’s been defanged and had its mouth stitched shut, a safari bus tour in which folks can pick up a live rattlesnake, a cafe serving rattlesnake meat, and a butcher shop.

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A Queretaran dusky rattlesnake (Crotalus aquilus) at the Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City, Mexico.

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A Queretaran dusky rattlesnake (Crotalus aquilus) at the Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City, Mexico.

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A Queretaran dusky rattlesnake (Crotalus aquilus) at the Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City, Mexico.

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A Queretaran dusky rattlesnake (Crotalus aquilus) at the Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City, Mexico.

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A Queretaran dusky rattlesnake (Crotalus aquilus) at the Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City, Mexico.

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A cross-banded mountain rattlesnake (Crotalus transversus) at the San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio, Texas.

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A cross-banded mountain rattlesnake (Crotalus transversus) at the San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio, Texas.

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A cross-banded mountain rattlesnake (Crotalus transversus) at the San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio, Texas.

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Southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus) at the LA Zoo.

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Southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus) at the LA Zoo.

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Southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus) at the LA Zoo.

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Southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus) at the LA Zoo.

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Southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus) at the LA Zoo.

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Southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus) at the LA Zoo.

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Southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus) at the LA Zoo.

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Southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus) at the LA Zoo.

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Southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus) at the LA Zoo.

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Southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus) at the LA Zoo.

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Southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus) at the LA Zoo.

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Southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus) at the LA Zoo.

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Twin spot rattlesnake (Crotalus pricei) at the Fresno Chaffe Zoo.

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Southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus) at the LA Zoo.

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Southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus) at the LA Zoo.

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Twin spot rattlesnake (Crotalus pricei) at the Fresno Chaffe Zoo.

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Twin spot rattlesnake (Crotalus pricei) at the Fresno Chaffe Zoo.

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Twin spot rattlesnake (Crotalus pricei) at the Fresno Chaffe Zoo.

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Twin spot rattlesnake (Crotalus pricei) at the Fresno Chaffe Zoo.

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Twin spot rattlesnake (Crotalus pricei) at the Fresno Chaffe Zoo.

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