Rattlesnake Roundup Day

On the 28th of January, Rattlesnake Roundup Day is observed by anyone who loves rattlesnake hunting. This holiday stems from Rattlesnake Roundups that are common in rural Southern and Midwestern states in the U.S.

These events usually coincide with other celebratory events such as BBQ or chili cook-offs, gun and/or knife shows, and rattlesnake exhibitions. On this day, rattlesnake enthusiasts or those who are merely fascinated by these snakes can take the time to learn more about them or visit one of the rattlesnake events. This is also a good day to sport those rattlesnake boots that you’ve been waiting to wear.

The History of Rattlesnake Roundup Day

The first Rattlesnake Roundup in the U.S. began in 1958 in Sweetwater, Texas. It occurred because there was a large influx of rattlesnakes that was killing pets and livestock in the area. The community then banded together to put an end to the rattlesnake problem.

This sparked other communities to solve their rattlesnake problems in creative ways. As time went by, these hunts evolved into large events featuring exhibitions, food, and music as well. Eventually, this day turned into a holiday that all of us can now enjoy.

Important Facts About Rattlesnakes

We’re already on the subject of rattlesnakes, so we thought we’d take a few moments to talk about them. When we first began this article, we have to admit that we didn’t know much about rattlesnakes, but after a bit of research, we learned a lot about them. We’d like to now share some of these facts with anyone who is planning on celebrating Rattlesnake Roundup Day.

  • The rattles on rattlesnake tails are made from keratin, the same substance human hair and nails are made from.
  • Every time a rattlesnake sheds its skin, it adds a segment to its rattle.
  • Unfortunately, the age of a rattlesnake can’t be determined by the number of rattle segments it has because they routinely break off.
  • Rattlesnake eyes have pupils that are vertical.
  • Female rattlesnakes give birth to live young; they do not lay eggs.

Observing Rattlesnake Roundup Day

A person doesn’t have to go on a rattlesnake hunt to enjoy this day, although many people do enjoy attending these Rattlesnake Roundup events. After all, these events have food, music, and lots of other activities for people to enjoy.

Those who aren’t into all of that can use the day to learn more about rattlesnakes. People can also use the hashtag #RattlesnakeRoundupDay to spread the word about this holiday online.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 28 Sunday
Next year (2025)
January 28 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
January 28 Saturday
Activity & Action, Animals