If nothing else, Marcellus Shale activity fueling need for snake handlers

September 25, 2014

The Marcellus Shale natural gas activity in Pennsylvania has created numerous job opportunities, including one that involves rattlesnakes.

Known as snake handlers or wranglers, these are certified individuals who have the job of protecting the workers and the rattlesnakes.

"I've never seen so many snake handlers," said Chris Urban, the non-game and endangered species coordinator for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. "I think it's the demand."


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