Rattlesnake Dave woos the crowd at his last shows during the MS fair.

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rssfeeds.clarionledger.com – Mississippi – 2022-10-10 09:17:38

Snakes can be unpredictable, but David “Rattlesnake Dave” Richardson knows how to handle them. He is one of the best, if not the best, snake handlers in the business.

Richardson, 75, an expert at handling different variations of western rattlesnakes, is in Jackson putting on his West Texas Rattlesnake Show at this year’s Mississippi State Fair.

David Richardson, 75 - or “Rattlesnake Dave,” as he’s known - shows off his rattlesnakes at his snake show on the opening day of the Mississippi State Fair in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, October 6, 2022. Rattlesnake Dave has been performing snake shows for over 30 years, and his show at the Mississippi State Fair is the final show of his career.

Richardson uses techniques and skills honed over more than 30 years to woo his rattlesnakes as part of the West Texas Rattlesnake Shows he presents at local fairs.

Last year was the first year Rattlesnake Dave performed at the annual Mississippi State…

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