Anyone who kills a snake in Oklahoma must have a hunting or fishing license. There are no restrictions on hunting Prairie, Western Diamondback, Timber, and Massasauga Rattlesnakes. Western Mud Snakes, Wandering Garters, and Gulf Crayfish Snakes, on the other hand, are protected under a closed season. For more information on hunting in Oklahoma, visit www.state.ok.us/hunting.
In order to kill a rattlesnake, you need a firearm that is capable of taking game animals. In Oklahoma, all rifles and shotguns used for hunting must be taken out of commission (i.e., disabled) by turning the trigger guard assembly, including the firing pin, counterclockwise. The only exception is if the weapon was manufactured prior to January 1, 1999; in this case, the rifle can still have the trigger guard assembly turned clockwise. Disarming firearms is required in order to protect wildlife and prevent accidents. For more information on legal shooting requirements in Oklahoma, visit www.state.ok.us/hunting.
Snakes tend to avoid people, so unless you come into contact with one accidentally, there's no need to worry about them. However, if you do happen to encounter one, here's what to do: If you are close enough to touch it, then leave it alone! That way, you don't risk getting bit. If it tries to strike you, then step away from it quickly but calmly.
Snakes can be shot with either a rifle or a shotgun in states where it is lawful. Because the majority of snakes found in Texas are non-poisonous and cause minimal harm, they should not be killed indiscriminately.
People have a right to protect themselves and their property from venomous snakes. However, people should understand that killing a snake does not make them go away; instead, it provides another opportunity for the survival of the species. Additionally, because snakes serve an important role in maintaining balance in ecosystems, killing them may lead to further problems for humans as well as other animals. Finally, shooting snakes is not safe. Even if you hit your target, there is a chance that it could still be alive after you shoot it. People who do this should never try to rescue the snake because many species of snakes emit toxic substances as a defense mechanism. These toxins can be absorbed through the skin of anyone who handles the body of the dead snake.
Because snakes are not dangerous to humans, there is no need to use deadly force against them. Instead, people should call a wildlife expert at a zoo or aquarium to come remove the snake. Some species of snakes can be sold under the proper regulations; however, most people keep snakes as a hobby and thus cannot sell them.
Many snakes in Texas are protected by state law, and indiscriminate killing or other forms of control are prohibited. Contact local officials of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department before utilizing any snake control tactics or moving caught snakes to another location. They will be able to inform you of the legal requirements for managing snakes in your area.
Many individuals have been bitten while attempting to kill snakes. Misidentification kills a lot of harmless snakes. 3. For those of you who live in wood rattlesnake area, they are protected by state law, and it is ILLEGAL in Texas to kill a timber rattlesnake. However, it is not illegal to be bitten by one of these animals - including copperheads and cottonmouths.
Yes. Selling poisonous, or "hot," snakes over the Internet is not a crime in most countries, but you do need a government authorization. There are no federal rules that govern the hot-snake trade; instead, each state regulates these transactions through its wildlife or agricultural departments. Some states may also have laws on their books prohibiting people from selling or possessing rattlesnakes for personal use only.
In general, you can sell almost any animal except human beings and horses. The law in many states allows you to sell rattlesnakes provided they are not being sold for profit. If you are planning to sell your snake online, it's important to understand the regulations in your state because sometimes sales can be done interstate and so long as both parties are legal to sell animals in each other's country then there is nothing wrong with that transaction. However, if your intention is to make money by selling snakes then you should consult a lawyer first to make sure that isn't against the law where you live.
If you plan to sell your snake at a market or fair, check with local authorities before doing so. Some cities and counties may have regulations against this practice. For example, in some places, you must obtain a license to sell animals at markets or fairs.
Finally, don't attempt to catch and sell rattlesnakes unless you know what you're doing. Most people who try to catch snakes will never successfully do so.