Monday, August 08, 2011

Talk About Good Luck: Driver finds dead 16-foot python for dinner & leather

A driver in Sedro-Woolley, Wash., says he found a 16-foot python in the middle of a local road.

Lino Silva and his friend Sarah Vogt were driving down River Road near Riverfront Park in Sedro-Woolley Thursday morning when they spotted something they originally thought was a big branch, the Skagit Valley Herald in Mount Vernon, Wash., reported.

It was actually a python.

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"I just turned my head, and I saw something huge like a snake," said Silva. "I have a fear of these things. We looked at it and we were like, 'Holy guacamole!'"

The two called Vogt's boyfriend Nick Pfeifer, a snake enthusiast, to help them move the carcass of the snake to a relative's house.

Once they moved the snake, it took about 30 minutes for the three to ski it and remove the meat for preparation to cook. Ed Note: Snakes have the same internal organs as poultry and are all white meat. Lightly steamed snake meat is much like chicken breast. It is easy to manage if cut into 1-2" sections. The meat can then be gently forked off the ribs to eat. Meat from venomous and non-venomous snakes are edible and safe. (HB-C)

Pfeifer says he plans to have a jacket made out of the brown, tan and white skin.

"I'm hoping to get enough to make a leather jacket out of it," Pfeifer said. "If I don't have enough for a whole jacket, I'll probably do a vest."

Silva said he was happy to pass the find along to his friend.

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