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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pythons Hunters

Python sebae is a non-venomous python species found in subsaharan Africa. This is one of the world's largest species of snakes. The snakes are armed with razor-sharp teeth and muscular coils that can squeeze the breath out of a full-grown antelope. The primary reason for the restrictions on its exportation around the world is because their skin is used in the leather industry, frequently being made into shoes, belts, and purses. With adults reaching lengths of over 6 m (20 ft), this is one of the world's largest species of snakes. The typical adult length is 4.8 m (16 ft) and rumors of specimens over 6 m (20 ft) are generally considered reliable, but larger specimens have never been confirmed. The color pattern is typically brown, with olive and tan irregular blotching, fading to white on the underside.

The hunter ties a piece of hide onto his forearm.

Armed only with a small torch to light up the dark he dives headfirst into the python lair.

He encounters a large snake guarding a clutch of eggs.

He waves his shielded forearm about to distract the snake from biting his face. The python lunges, grabs his hand and begins to swallow. With his free hand, the hunter then chokes the snake.

His partner pulls him back out of the hole.

Dinner time for all at home!!

Taste like chicken and has to be medium done and do not overcook. Snake Recipes

Snake eating is especially popular in Shanghai and Guangdong Province. According to one survey over 6,000 specialized restaurants in Shanghai serve snake dishes made with pit vipers, cobras, freshwater snakes and sea snakes. These restaurants serve up to 4,000 tons of snake a year. One Shanghai supplier, who provides two tons of snakes daily to restaurants, sells cobras for $14 a kilogram and pit vipers for $42 a kilogram.

Snake meat is often referred to as dragon meat on the menu. Many of the snakes served at Chinese restaurants come from the Snake Repository in Wuzhou, Guangxi Province, where more than one million snakes are raised each year. The repository is favorite tourist attraction for Chinese tour groups from Taiwan and Hong Kong who sometimes have special snake versus cat fights staged for them.

Snake eating is nothing new. Describing the practice in Canton in the 1320s, the Friar Oderic wrote: "There be monstrous great serpents likewise which are taken by the inhabitants and eaten. A solemn feast among them with serpents is thought nothing of."

Snake Meat Shreds Soup Chinese Soup!

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