Man uses tractor to kill 5-foot rattler

Posted: October 30, 2013 - 4:10am


TIFTON, Ga. (AP) — A south Georgia businessman is being called "the rattlesnake wrangler" after using his tractor to kill a 5-foot diamondback rattlesnake.

Lee Fletcher, part owner of Chula Peanut & Grain Co. near Tifton, was doing some work on his tractor when he spotted the snake on the ground Oct. 19. He said he used the bucket on the front of the tractor to pin it down and kill it.

The Tifton Gazette reports that a sign now hangs in the small community: "Welcome to Chula! Home of 'the rattlesnake wrangler' Lee Fletcher."

Fletcher said one of the workers at Chula Peanut & Grain Co. skinned the snake and plans to make a belt.