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Tricks of the Trade

Big Cody Coots standing in the Kentucky woods, where he often hunts for snakes.

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It's fall in Appalachia, and Pastors Andrew Hamblin and Jamie Coots have one thing on their mind: getting more snakes before they go into hibernation in their dens. The two hatch a plan to attend a reptile trading show in South Carolina called Repticon, where snakes are available both for sale and for trade. Andrew pawns his guitar in order to have enough cash to make a purchase, while Jamie thankfully has several newborn baby rattlesnakes that he can use as currency at the convention.