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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Crotalus atrox


**I have the proper permits to keep venomous snakes. Without a permit, it is illegal to keep venomous snakes in the state of Oklahoma.**

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rdbutler 9 years ago

Not a problem! By the way, I am an active member of the Oklahoma City Herpetological Society, Wildlife Section Chair of the Oklahoma Academy of Science, and volunteer with the Oklahoma Biological Survey. I also do a lot of work with the Nature Conservancy and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and my animals are on display every year at the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo in Guthrie at the Lazy E Arena.

Aaron_G 9 years ago

I'm not judging you by any means. I'm just making sure everything is legal, especially since it involves native OK wildlife. Project Noah reaches a lot of children through school projects and we don't want them to get the wrong idea about keeping potentially dangerous wildlife. All the information you mentioned in your comment would be great to have in the Notes portion of your spotting.

I also work professionally with reptiles and know that public perception means everything with snakes, especially venomous ones. I just wanted to clear up your spotting and make certain that it was on the up-and-up. Thanks for responding. :-)

rdbutler 9 years ago

Haha!! Relax Goody! It is a "pet" snake and I have it placed in the "Captive Animals" category as well. I live in the country way outside city limits, and I have my scientific collector's permit, which only entitles me to keep animals I collect myself, with the restriction that when they die, they belong to OU. I teach and give presentations with them statewide.

Aaron_G 9 years ago

Hi there. Is this snake a pet? If so, it should be placed in the Pets category. You don't list a specific location so I trust it's legal to keep in your town. I'm also in Oklahoma and know that many places have ordinances against keeping venomous reptiles and crocodilians.

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Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on Feb 1, 2012
Submitted on Jun 1, 2012

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