Rattlesnake Roundup Day

On the 28th of January, Rattlesnake Roundup Day is observed by anyone and everyone who loves themselves some rattlesnake hunting. This is a holiday that springs 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 fans or those who are merely fascinated with these snakes can take the time to learn more about them or visit one of these 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 these rattlesnakes.

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

Important Facts About Rattlesnakes

We’re already on the subject of rattlesnakes, so we thought that we’d take a few moments and talk about them. When we first began this article we have to admit that we didn’t know a lot about rattlesnakes, but after a little 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 thing human hair and nails are made from.
  • Every time a rattlesnake sheds 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 snakes and they don’t 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 things for people to do.

People who aren’t into all of that, however, 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 (2023)
January 28 Saturday
Next year (2024)
January 28 Sunday
Last year (2022)
January 28 Friday
Activity & Action, Animals