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The Snake Pit

The Snake Pit

Many snakes are injured or dead by the time the event starts. Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur.

Album: The Pit

Tags: #pit #press

Rattlesnake Slaughter

Rattlesnake Slaughter

A snake skinner with decapitated wild-caught rattlesnakes in the Skinning Pit. Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur.

Album: Slaughter

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The Snake Pit

The Snake Pit

A Jaycee member clears a path through hundreds of wild-caught rattlesnakes. Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur.

Album: The Pit

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The Snake Pit

The Snake Pit

A Jaycee member in the Snake Pit. Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur.

Album: The Pit

Tags: #pit #press

Rattlesnake Slaughter

Rattlesnake Slaughter

Young and old watch and even take part in the skinning of thousands of wild-caught rattlesnakes. Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur.

Album: Slaughter

Tags: #press #slaughter

Rattlesnake Slaughter

Rattlesnake Slaughter

Even after decapitation rattlesnakes can continue to writhe and curl into one another. Their heads retain sentience for as much as an hour after being separated from their bodies. Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur.

Album: Slaughter

Tags: #press #slaughter

The Snake Pit

The Snake Pit

Plexiglass windows allow attendees to see into the Snake Pit, where thousands of wild-caught rattlesnakes are held before being beheaded and skinned. Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur.

Album: The Pit

Tags: #pit #press