Tyler , TX (KETK) — Pigs wild or domestic will eat pretty much anything including rattlesnakes.
But, a rancher messaged KETK saying the rattlesnakes are beginning to lie low, basically hiding from wild hogs.
We're told that this is not true.
David Sierra with Texas Parks and Wildlife says the most common rattlesnake in East Texas, the canebrake, usually does not release their rattlers when they suspect danger.
"They are known to be very variable in their disposition. Some of them lay still, some will coil, some will make a mad dash to safety some will strike with or without rattling. I have yet to make them agitated enough to make them go into that defensive state of rattling," said Sierra.
But, we're told rattlesnakes aren't the problem, copperheads are.
The Sorth's live on 83 acres and have never seen a rattlesnake on their land.
Their job takes in wild hogs that people catch and prep them for the slaughterhouse.
In there three years of business, they have never seen a rattlesnake in their pen.
But, copperheads are still the main threat in East Texas.
They say wild hogs usually eat vegetation, but would dine on a copperhead in a second.
"It wouldn't surprise me at all. Like I said I've seen them eat their young in my pen. They just decided they didn't like the corn or they wanted to try something different, " said TJ and Tanya Sorth.