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April 12, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
SWEETWATER, TEXAS - Kyndra Vaught caught everybody's attention when she arrived at the rattlesnake roundup here in West Texas last month wearing her crown and rhinestone cowboy boots. “Are you the snake charmer queen?” shouted a man selling rattlesnake head canes, porcelain rattlesnake “eggs” and snakeskin wallets. “You need a snake.” Kyndra, 17, let him drape an oversized plastic rattlesnake over her shoulders as she posed for photos. She had just been named Miss Snake Charmer the night before, part of the roundup pageant detailed in Friday's Los Angeles Times.
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