Ok, up front, I'm stirring the pot a little, so don't anyone take it personally and get too bent out of shape.
Predictably, there has been disagreement with my personal attitude towards the rattlesnake roundup and the general extinction of rattlesnakes and cottonmouths. To each his/her own, no problem with that. Now let me throw one back at ya if you will.
I can see how people consider the roundup inhumane, unnecessary, etc. But if you can't handle a venemous snake and you "keep" it for the sole purpose of looking at it, is it not also inhumane to trap it for the remainder of its life in a small box? At least with other animals you can handle and interact with them and give them a little freedom to roam. Further, if these snakes aren't endangered, what's the point of keeping them in captivity if you can't do a dang thing with em?
Now if you want to keep an animal that is just waiting for the chance to kill you, then by all means, don't let me stand in the way. That's entirely up to you, just like it is with the people that have lions and other exotics. Again, just stirring the pot out of curiosity on the responses you crazy folks will come up with. I don't condemn you for doing it, and I don't care either way.... just don't hire me to babysit your vipers when you go on vacation.
...on Earth, as it is in Texas