A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Now THAT'S A Snake!

9 feet, 1 inch.
97 lbs
This rattler was killed at the old Turkey Creek gas plant located just South of the Alibates Turnoff on Highway 136, South of Fritch Texas.
Be careful out there!

~ 1 Nine foot skinned & cleaned western diamondback rattlesnake, cut in 3" to 4" pieces
~ drippings of 20 slices of bacon
~ one cup oil
~ 3/4 lb. cooked ham, diced
~ 8 cups milk
~ 4 tbs brewed coffee
~ 2 cups flour
~ biscuits or toast
~ salt and pepper
~ tabasco sauce, optional
In a cast iron skillet, fry the bacon. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels. Reserve drippings.
Add the oil to the drippings. Flour rattlesnake and fry over medium heat until golden brown.
Remove each piece as it becomes done and drain on paper towels.
Drain off the oil and drippings reserving 4 tbs. Add 4 tbs of flour. Stir and scrape bottom of the skillet to remove any browned stuck pieces.
Add the ham, coffee and milk. Stir until bubbly. If too thick add water, coffee or milk a tablespoon at a time.
Serve the rattlesnake with biscuits or toast and the ham gravy.
Salt and pepper and/or season with tabasco sauce to taste.
Serves 8-12.

Enjoy!

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8 Comments:

Blogger AlanDP said...

Yow! You know, when they took the picture, that snake wasn't completely dead yet. Look at how it's neck is bent and it's head isn't hanging fully limp. I think I would have whacked it a few more times.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

I did notice that Alan! I bet Buford dropped him shortly after this picture was taken!

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Diamondback said...

Creeps me out just looking at it. Glad they don't get that big in my neck of the woods. There's a good reason to keep some snake shot around.

10:51 PM  
Blogger R Ryan said...

According to www.snopes.com, this is a quasi-urban legend. This snake appears to be much larger than it is due to its being held closer to the camera lenses.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Ryan, I could not find this photo on snopes. Could you post a URL?

5:41 AM  
Blogger Ke-Wa said...

Yeah, but 9'1" is still NINE FEET AND ONE INCH!

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the link from snopes.

RRyan

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops -- forgot to add the link.

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/txsnake.asp

Sorry. :-)

RRyan

11:13 PM  

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