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Western Diamondback rattlesnakes slither over each other at the 51st annual Worlds Largest Rattlesnake Round-up at the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas, on Saturday, March 14, 2009. The Western Diamondback, a member of the Pit Viper family, gets its name from diamond-shaped markings that run along its body. Hunters around West Texas collect these rattlesnakes year-round to cash them in on the second weekend in March in Sweetwater. Snake hunters must to have a hunting license from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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Western Diamondback rattlesnakes slither over each other at the 51st annual Worlds Largest Rattlesnake Round-up at the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas, on Saturday, March 14, 2009.   The Western Diamondback, a member of the Pit Viper family, gets its name from diamond-shaped markings that run along its body.  Hunters around West Texas collect these rattlesnakes year-round to cash them in on the second weekend in March in Sweetwater.  Snake hunters must to have a hunting license from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.