Wild #001: A Boy and His Snake / by Boyce Upholt

Lake Washington, Washington County, Mississippi

Lake Washington, Washington County, Mississippi

This is the coolest thing I’ve ever done.

I didn't get a name or age, but this young man was a participant in this year's snake grab rodeo, held annually on Lake Washington. Teams compete to see who can grab the most snakes over the course of a morning, and who can grab the largest snake. This snake, an entrant in the latter category, failed to win the prize.

Canadians fascinated with this strange American past time can watch snake grabbers at work on reality TV.