Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 0 mins

How to butcher a rattlesnake...

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 rattlesnake (2-4 foot)
  • salt (to taste)
  • 2 cups Crisco cooking oil, very hot
  • 1 cup flour
  • pepper (optional)


  1. Cut head off about 4 inches behind head.
  2. Hang by tail just below rattles so that snake may bleed well.
  3. With sharp knife, on belly side and beginning at head end, split skin entire length.
  4. Starting with head end, separate skin from meat and peel upward to place where snake is tied - strip entrails from body of snake and dispose of.
  5. Clip body of snake where it is tied and drop in fresh cold brine water (either cover container or be sure to stand by it because the snake will crawl out of water).
  6. Take down skin, salt well and roll with scales on outside - place in container with lid and freeze until ready to tan.
  7. When body of snake has stopped crawling, remove and wash in fresh cold water, chop in lengths 3 or 4 inch long.
  8. NOTE: Be sure to dispose of head immediately as they can bite for several hours after being severed.
  9. Place heads in covered container - DO NOT USE HANDS!
  10. Salt meat, then roll in flour.
  11. Drop in hot oil until golden brown.
  12. Serve hot.
  13. Goes well with salad, green beans and creamed potatoes.


Most Helpful

This is an excellent recipe. BUT, for safety.......if you bury the head, please dig a DEEP DEEP hole so animals will not be tempted to dig it up and be poisoned.

goddess_stina October 29, 2007

Where is the picture? I want to see how it looks like on a salad.. I've tried boa constrictors before in a quite similar fashion. I only added sesame seeds for crunch.

Nogwoman September 09, 2007

YUCK !! I would be IN the house at the MENTION of rattlesnake !!

NurseJaney September 08, 2007

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