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March 22, 2013

Round up



Separating the rattlesnake from its venom is called milking. Unlike milking goats and bovine, it is dangerous and the snake not only looks like its throwing up, it looks exceedingly ticked off at the guy pinching its jaws open. Can you say snake breath? Of course, you would be a bit angry as well and even toss a few cookies, if someone tried to “milk” saliva from your incisors. And your breath isn’t always sweet either.

The killing part is a recommended step before you try to separate the snake from its lovely skin or if you want to make a meal of it. We are told that snake meat tastes like chicken. If that is the case, why bother eating it and all the other critters that are purported to taste like chicken? Just chow down on the chickens. They are used to it. Snakes tend to put up a fight.

According to the 2011 census, the population of Sweetwater was 10,943, which is less than the 2000 census count of 11,415. Guess not everyone likes to share bed, bath and beyond with rattlesnakes.

An interesting round up currently underway in Texas, there are signs along the highways reminding folks of the event, is the annual Texas Outstanding Warrants Round-up. This one is not nearly as much fun as rounding up rattlesnakes. Although, the folks doing the rounding up are probably of the opinion that rattlesnakes might be less dangerous than the human reptiles.

Now that you head is spinning with all the round up information, there is one other round up just around the corner. The Weed Killer Roundup, which is our annual and never-ending attempt to corral weeds with a product coincidentally known as “Roundup”.

Are you ready? Saddle up!

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Check out her novel “The Dionysus Connection” on Amazon or ask your bookstore to order it for you. Visit her website,

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