I used to keep quite a few different snakes and different reptiles when I lived with my ex girlfriend of mine and I remember a friend asking me one day, “if you had to, would you eat one?” I looked at him gone out until I realised what he was talking about. Would I eat a snake if I had to? I don’t know why this has been swirling round my mind for a while lately. My own answer, is that yes if it was a matter of survival then I would have eaten my snakes.
I was doing a little bit of research on this that I thought I would share with you.
Is it Venomous?
Trust me, you do NOT want to be putting anything venomous into your stomach. You will have to do your own little bit of research on the local snakes as it will be different depending on where you are in the world.
Here in the UK we don’t really have any poisonous or venomous wildlife to worry about. I guess they don’t like the rain too much! We do have the adder but to be honest, it’s bite is rarely ever fatal. Do check though as there are a lot of different venomous species around the world.
It’s actually a good idea to treat ALL snakes as if they were venomous until you know otherwise.
How to Catch a Snake
Whether you were just lucky enough to catch a snake one day or you’re a homesteader that is tired of these things coming into your garden, we’re here to help. It’s actually easier for homesteaders as the snakes will usually go to them, it’s when you have to hunt them that it gets tricky.
Snakes are cold blooded animals and so they get their heat from their environment. This is why they can often be seen basking on warm rocks or the pavement. They have slower reactions on cold days but that doesn’t make any snake less dangerous.
If you want to try your hand at catching a snake you are going to be wanting to look in areas where they can easily hide such as long grasses, brush, or piles of leaves. Grab yourself a stick with a Y shaped end to it. This will be used to pin the head of the snake down so make sure that it’s strong enough for the task.
Once the head of the snake has been secured you can go ahead and quickly sever the spinal column. Always bury the head of a snake as people have been known to get bitten long after the head of the snake was removed.
How to Cook a Snake
So you’ve caught and killed your snake, now it’s time to cook it.
So you should of by now removed the head of the snake so you can just go ahead and peel the skin right off, it’s a lot easier than you’d imagine. Once you’ve done that, slit the snake straight down the middle and remove the guts. Make sure that it is only a light cut so that you don’t rupture the insides and spoil the meat. Rinse the meat well then cook it how you see fit.
I have included a snake recipe to get you started below.
Barbecued Snake Recipe
You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 snake, cut into steaks about 2 to 3 inches in size
- 1/2 a cup of barbecue or teriyaki sauce
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1 tbsp of ground ginger
How to Get That Char-Grilled Goodness:
- Mix your sauce of choice with the 1/2 cup of honey and the 1 tbsp of ground ginger.
- Pour your mixture into a large Ziplock bag, then add the snake meat.
- Leave it now to marinate for about 2 to 3 hours.
- Grill the meat until it’s cooked.