I absolutely couldn't believe it when my parents' dog, a Jack Russell, caught and killed a 3-foot garter snake. It's the biggest I'd ever seen. My dad and I came up with the same idea almost immediately. Eat it!
Soooo... I had my first lesson in cleaning and skinning a snake. First thing first, lop off the head. Cutting the belly was some trick since it kept moving for a good 15 minutes after it was dead. Every time I tried to gut it, it would move and the tail would wrap around my fingers, or the knife. After a few tries I opted for the kitchen scissors- LOL. Still, it would keep moving and rolling over by itself, which was rather odd considering it was headless.
Got the belly open and the skin peeled right off. Pulled out the organs and that was that. I cut it into pieces for ease of cooking (and eating.)
Finally I decided how to cook it. Fry it up like chicken wings, and top with tequila-lime-chili sauce. The sauce was pretty simple. Some butter, a splash of cheap tequila, a squirt of lime and a dash of red pepper.
Eating them was a bit like chicken wings too, having to bite the meat off the ribs. Not a lot of meat, but a nice treat.
I took it to work for lunch. My co-workers were somewhat amused. I don't think anything surprises them anymore... until the day I take bugs. One guy did say it was gross- LOL!
So yeah, a little peek into my world.