This snake was recently found at the old Turkey Creek located just south of BURGAW, N.C.– 20 MILES NORTH OF WILMINGTON.

A reminder that these creatures are actually out there and no matter what you believe, sometimes they should get not only prescriptive rights to be there but the full right of way! You’ll note in the recipe below, a 3 – 4 pound rattlesnake is considered “medium-sized”. This beauty was just slightly larger:

9 feet, 1 inch – 97 lbs.

No matter what anybody else tells you, kill the snake before you try to do anything else to it! It’s the safest way for you and the snake doesn’t care anymore.

DEEP-FRIED RATTLESNAKE

1 medium-sized rattlesnake (3-4 lbs.), cut into steaks
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup cracker crumbs
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt)
1 teaspoon salt
dash pepper

Mix dry ingredients. Whisk milk into beaten egg and use to dip snake steaks.
Then coat them with dry ingredients. Fry, uncovered, in 400 degree oil until brown.