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Old 08-06-2008, 11:40 PM   #1
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Cooking snakes

I am not big on cooking, mainly just grits and chicken for me. However I have snakes out around my house(nonvenomous) and was just wondering if anyone here has some advice or can point me in the right direction for tastey ways to cook up the lovely critters.

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Old 08-07-2008, 12:16 AM   #2
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Based on TV, you need to hunt them down barehanded, dispatch them in ways
unknown, strip the skin off, string them on a stick and roast them over a fire.

That you built yourself using the broken bottom of a Coke bottle, one old shoe and
the dry inner rot from a rotted fallen tree, in the rain.

And it will be delicious! ;) Just kidding, I dunno how to cook snake.

BUT..... welcome to the neighborhood. :)
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:25 AM   #3
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Hunting down and killing is not a problem. I keep rose clippers by my chicken coop because I catch a snake every month or so stealing eggs. Killing stuff like that is all just part of the game when you live in the south ;)
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:54 AM   #4
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Then you could do what our Aboriginal people do, make up a good boory, chuck the snake on, wait until it goes black, then skin and eat --- it doesn't look very nice though, always full of ash.
All snakes are protected here, only the indigenous people can take them for food. We are not allowed to carry guns either, so they're pretty safe.
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Old 08-07-2008, 08:53 AM   #5
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Then you could do what our Aboriginal people do, make up a good boory, chuck the snake on, wait until it goes black, then skin and eat --- it doesn't look very nice though, always full of ash.
All snakes are protected here, only the indigenous people can take them for food. We are not allowed to carry guns either, so they're pretty safe.
Ohh sounds cool, I might try that at my next bonfire.
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:49 AM   #6
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I never have cooked any nonvenomous snakes. They are best left to eat rats and mice around here. On the other hand, rattlesnakes are mighty good. I fillet 'em and cut 'em up in 4-5 inch pieces, roll 'em in seasoned flour or cornmeal, fry 'em till they are golden brown. Some folks say they taste like chicken, but they really don't. They taste more like frog legs than anything else.
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:10 PM   #7
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If I remember correctly, they can be cooked up just like chicken. Rattlesnake tastes like chicken too.

To skin a snake, first cut off its head and bury it. Then cut the skin down the body 15 to 20 centimeters (Figure 8-24). Peel the skin back, then grasp the skin in one hand and the body in the other and pull apart. On large, bulky snakes it may be necessary to slit the belly skin. Cook snakes in the same manner as small game. Remove the entrails and discard. Cut the snake into small sections and boil or roast it.
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:43 PM   #8
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whya do you bury the head?
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Old 08-07-2008, 04:29 PM   #9
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I think the head burying only applies when you are out camping or whatever. At home you can dispose of it just as you would any other animal parts.

You bury the head because the venom (if it is venomous) is still active even after the head is cut off so if someone steps on it they could be in trouble.
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ahh, learn something everyday!
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