Morris Rattlesnake Roundup

Morris Rattlesnake Roundup

Second weekend in June
In 1956, when the first Rattlesnake Roundup was held in Morris, Pennsylvania, more than 400 of the poisonous snakes were caught and sold to leather craftsmen and zoos. But their numbers have dwindled since that time, and the trend has been toward the protection of endangered species—even poisonous ones. Now only about 25 to 35 snakes are found each year, and by law they must be returned to the wild. The roundup is sponsored by the local fire department and about 80 hunters participate, catching the snakes with tongs and forked sticks. Most of the snakes are 30"-45" long.
CONTACTS:
Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 733
Wellsboro, PA 16901
570-724-1926; fax: 570-724-5084
www.wellsboropa.com