Snake preserved in wine bites woman

A woman in northern China has had to receive hospital treatment after a snake preserved in rice wine jumped out of the bottle and bit her hand.

According to the Global Times, the surprise attack happened when the woman, surnamed Liu, from Shuangcheng went to top up the bottle with more wine.

Remarkably, the snake, which had been pickling for three months, was still alive.

Liu, who received treatment at a local hospital for inflammation, had bought the snake wine to try and cure her rheumatism.

It is a widely held belief in China that such wines boast medicinal properties

This is not the first incident of a pickled snake seemingly coming back to life.

One Mr Zhang of Hubei Province was bitten by a snake in 2009 that had been preserved in a bottle of rice wine for two months.

While in 2001, a villager from Guangxi Zhuang died a day after being bitten from a pickled snake.

149 Responses to “Snake preserved in wine bites woman”

  1. Frances says:

    This is horrible!!! — for the snake. Why in the world do people think it’s ok to kill animals like this? I think it’s torture. 🙁

    • Amanda says:

      I agree! Very cruel!

      • Vlad says:

        The unique thing about animals is that we can reproduce, yes humans are a type of species.

        If you leave potato outside for a while – potato will have little white “things” growing all-over – which can be used to plant new potatoes, hence reproduction (singular reproduction system). Therefore potato is a living organism that we consume, just like beef! I believe that we should stop consuming potatoes in such a large quantities! They are a live things too!


        • Dusti says:

          Love your comment i have tons of vegan friends… I can’t do it…

        • Alex says:

          The difference being that we can gauge an organism’s likely capacity to experience suffering via its nervous system. A snake’s may be lower than a human’s; but it’s likely to be greater than a potato’s.

          • Noel Mckinney says:

            However, plants like potatoes and tomatoes, have had measured reactions to a harvester entering the field with the intent to harvest. The plants react to being cut and harvested. measuring degrees of suffering and saying one is ok while one is not is just self justification. Save my brothers the carrots! Damnit, let the rabbits wear glasses!

          • Matthew Coate says:

            Putting aside the pseudoscience (measuring the so-called reaction of a potato to being harvested? I suppose by looking at its “aura,” or some such nonsense), there is no reason to believe that something like a potato feels pain, and every reason to believe a snake does. The self-justification is your own: as if, because consuming anything is a destruction and assimilation of some sort of life, all acts of consumption are thus the same, with none being any worse than another (and so, by extension, pickling living snakes is just fine).

            A perfect solution fallacy and tu quoque fallacy, all rolled up into one. Classy!

          • moxfactor says:

            wow, that’s very elitist of you. do you think the same way about poor people as you do these lower lifeforms? =) *joking*

          • Lee says:

            Actually, they did do a study that measured the electrical field (I suppose you could call that a kind of aura) of plants. This was back in the late 60s, early 70s. They discovered quite by accident that when the owner of a houseplant was frightened, the electrical field of the plant would spike. Science is interesting. But pooh poohing something because you haven’t ever considered it might be true is very unscientific. Plants may very well have a consciousness we don’t understand or proved to ourselves yet. They might not. But science doesn’t so much as prove things as discover things, and it’ll never be able to do that if the scientist stays locked in one paradigm.

        • Ria says:

          Vegetables live in oppression, served on our tables each night! This killing of veggies is madness, I say we take up the fight!

          • @RealDonald =Trump says:

            IDIOT! God gave us food to eat, not for being a weirdo and acting like vegetables will be killed forever.
            I am a gardener and I find it hard to pluck something off a plant. But remember, plants can grow back and people can be sensible.

        • GREG says:

          what is wrong with you? save the potatoes? have you completely lost your mind?

        • Matt Wrad says:

          You need help. Are you kidding me?

        • Sondra says:

          Brilliant! This is the only reason I don’t choose to be a vegetarian. All life is worthy, not one over the other. The problem comes when we forget to thank our food, and the great being that makes it for us.

      • Joshua says:

        Thirded. Why would you do such a thing? Just because its a snake people seem to think its ok or something…

    • wong says:

      I know right!!!! First thing that came to mind was karma!

    • Ben says:

      It’s not dead if it bit her you dumb liberal hippy.

    • Christopher Carter says:

      Ummm….It’s a snake.

    • Paul says:

      this has so much more to do with eastern culture that is difficult for us to really understand.

    • LeRoy Deville says:

      Because it makes them sooooo delicious!

  2. Sean says:

    This stuff is incredibly cruel, but then a lot of traditional Chinese “medicine” is nasty in the extreme.

    • Topi says:

      Is putting snakes in alcohol any different than putting live lobsters in boiling water?

      • Cody says:

        Lobsters should never be cooked alive. People don’t understand by cooking them alive it tenses their bodies up thus making the meat tougher.

        • logan says:

          that’s bullshit. the myth is that if the animal knows it’s coming the meat tastes worse. this comes from the fact that mammals adrenal glands will activate if they know they’re going to die. most fish however, have no such reaction. and how tight the muscles are when the animal dies has no impact on toughness. toughness of meat has to do with moisture content, mostly.

          • bc says:

            i dont know about lobster but i know when you boil dead crawfish the taste is different, a few dead ones are in every batch and you can tell them by their open tails. i imagin lobster is no different

          • asdfsdf says:

            you are an idiot if you think a lobster is a fish!!!!!!! and they tense up because the water is boiling hot and it’s a shock to them. duh

      • Dave B says:

        lobsters are bugs. and they die within seconds of being put in boiling water. snakes are reptiles and Im still confused on if they are alive when they are bottled or what? Are we supposed to assume this one survived for three months in a vat of alcohol? I find that hard to believe. Could this have been an automatic reaction of the nervous system when the woman disturbed the snake?

        • moxfactor says:

          exactly. hackjob journalism riles up intended target audience. it’s nothing new.
          dead snakes can still kill, because it died doesn’t mean the venom has disappeared.

        • Pinky says:

          Critics condemned Julia Childs when she cooked lobster by putting them live into boiling lobster, so to shut them up she started using a knife to kill them first. Either way you’re killing them. Do you wear leather shoes? What the difference?

      • Daisy says:

        Yes. Would you rather drink rotten snake wine or eat hot buttery lobster?

      • Glen says:

        Actually, the lobster’s neural net is spread out over the surface of the body, it does not have a central brain. Any attempt to kill the lobster with a knife is not going to work as there is no way to kill it with a single blow.

        However, when you throw it in boiling water, the nerve cells die instantly and the lobster dies a quicker, more peaceful death than the one by knife.

    • Erin says:

      Seriously. For example, if you don’t know already, you should look into what they do to sun bears…… HORRIFIC.

  3. Damaine says:

    If Its my time to go, I wanna go in a huge vat of booze. There’s more painful ways to go in nature I’m sure.

    • Susan Dawson says:

      Edward IV th’s middle brother, George, was tried for treason, and when found guilty, was permitted to choose his own method of dying. He chose to be drowned in a vat of malmsey wine _ the Queen Elizabeth’s favourite brew. She never touched it again for the rest of her life, after the death of her bro’-in-law. What goes around, comes around. Karma.

      Anyway, I wish you a long and healthy life, without the need to be pickled in wine like these poor snakes. It’s amazing that their metabolisms have adapted to survival, though pickled without access to oxygen. Pretty mind-boggling really. The thing is, to learn the snakes’ technique, don’t you think?

  4. Mike says:

    The snake isn’t even killed before bottling! Typically completely unsustainable practices from the chinese, one snake for every bottle of wine, thank god Jacobs Creek hasn’t taken up the style.

  5. Karen says:

    Unbelievable! Animal abuse to the extreme.

  6. Angela says:

    I’d love to have a statue of something like that. But I would buy all the ‘pickled snakes’ just to set the ones that could he alive free.. poor things

  7. Desi says:

    Why would people continue to buy this stuff if you risk getting bitten by a snake every time?!

  8. If a snake can survive for months in a bottle of this wine, then it is clear that it must have properties which promote longevity. What more proof could be possibly need 🙂

  9. Martin says:

    Serves her right. For believing in such crap!

  10. Chris says:

    It is nice to see people take the Snake’s side for a first time..Now people see they’re innocent creatures & must just be SO scared. I breed Snakes. Of all different personalitys. These things are lovelyb& do not deserve any of this.

    • MaidenTaiwan says:

      But they deserve to be held in captivity and bred?

    • Ashley says:

      You have to remember that most of the snakes that are put in wine and sake are venomous. The sake here in japan has Habu in it, which produces venom at a rapid rate. You cannot just extract the venom and tame it, because it will just produce more. These snakes were practically born to kill, and there are so many that putting them in wine and sake works as a sort of population control.

  11. Taylor says:

    I don’t see how this is animal abuse we a Americans kill millions of animals each year.

    • John says:

      What !?!? Are you retarded or just dumb?

      Yes, animal abuse happens here too, but that does not make this any less wrong.


      • Jack says:

        As Bob Marley says, and I’m paraphrasing, “Wash your hand before you go pointing fingers.” I think this is the stance Taylor was trying to pursue. Yes it is wrong that this happens to these snakes, but we mustn’t be all high n mighty when it happens right on our dinner plates. And calling a person you don’t even know an idiot is really class act material. Thanks for the input though, John.

      • megan says:

        To all those commenting about how this is animal abuse or what have you, realize this is a traditional medicinal practice in china, that has probably been going on for centuries. While in our own north american countries we have decided to start mass producing live stock, keeping cattle, pigs, and chickens cooped up in a cage they can barely fit in, sitting in there own feces all day, and being fed complete crap they are not meant to eat, raised just to be killed. How could you go on saying this is animal cruelty when im sure you eat plenty of meat, therefor supporting animal cruelty beyond measure of putting a snake in a bottle of wine. Wake up people.

        • Cyd says:

          Read the article again. They are bottled AL:IVE!!!! How is that like any other eating?

        • Brenda Riley says:

          People, people, please use some common sense! American sensibilities are not the same as those in other countries. Give these people the benefit of the doubt. Even here in America we do not all believe in the same way! I was raised on a farm in Indiana and we were pretty much what the sophisticated world says is SUBSISTENCE FARMERS. We just called it living! We all worked very hard, raised our crops and animals with love and kindness and then butcher THE ANIMALS in humane way we could. If you eat, and I assume you do as you are alive, please assume that those that provided your food are humane because they usually are! GROW-UP people!

    • Vinny says:

      yes we kill and use millions of live stock in the USA Every year but Animals here are killed in a fast easy nearly painless death. the snakes are put in the wine to drown and Die that is not the same!

      • Nikki says:

        I suppose if you call living a life of misery and pain, both physical and psychological, in disgusting conditions a “quick death” then sure…

        • Ray says:

          That’s not even it, very often their deaths are not quick and painless at all. There are plenty of videos about these so-called ethical practices in the US. Chickens being thrown and smashed against walls until their skulls crack, being stripped of their feathers while they are still alive, chicks and quails having their beaks cut off and very often they end up bleeding to death, cows and pigs being burn-marked time and time again. These are the great practices of the American super-farms, where profit is put above the well-being of the animal.

      • Stephanie says:

        fast & easy process? You better do some research.

      • Glenn knauer says:

        How do they get a live snake to hold a scorpion in its mouth?

  12. Paul Mann says:

    Just one example of the Chinese using torture methods for medicine. Anyone who supports / buys this or other Traditional Chinese Medicine should themselves be put into the smallest cage / bottle possible and have their ‘vital energy’ extracted until they die.

    • Archer says:

      I don’t agree with torturing animals but some of you extremists are just laughable. Really? Let’s take people and treat them the same as these ‘poor “terrifed” snakes’? Eat a salad and get over yourselves. It doesn’t say anywhere in the article that they bottle the snakes live. It says it was still alive. Meaning they may think it’s dead when they bottle it. How else would you bottle a freaking cobra? Also, this is their culture. This is their medicine, and our medicine you can bet is derived from some of their practices and ideas. So before you preach, you better check into how your dose of antibiotics is made before you take it. I also don’t see anyone protesting any Native American cultural practices lately. Maybe you should look into those as well. I think your heads would spin. Get off your high horses, do your own thing and get over yourselves.

  13. Colin says:

    Doing this to such beautiful creatures is not cool but don’t believe what you read so quickly. If the picture is accurate those animals are staged in the bottle for presentation purposes. A living snake would not sit so nicely in a bottle. The snakes are not likely to be living when put in the bottle (else they would not sit so pretty).

    Why are they removing the snake from the bottle? From the pics it seems they would have to work at it. If the snakes were still alive shouldn’t more people see them moving around in the bottles on store shelves? Three people in more than a decade is hardly enough proof that this is real.

    The bottles in the picture are sealed. A snake cannot live for months without oxygen and its lungs being filled with wine for 2+ months is not likely to allow him to revive quickly.

    A dead snake can still bite for a long time in its post-mortem state. I suspect this to be the only likely answer. Have any of these so-called victims actually seen the snake slither away after biting them? I doubt it.

  14. Kieran says:

    Typical pushing westerners commenting again. You all think you know what is best when really we all need to learn to keep our noses out of other countries businesses. If it does not affect us then why care? More of a interesting fact, I see you complaining about this being cruel maybe, I want to know what you are doing in your own area to stop animal cruelty? I think you just here to make yourselves feel better then coming to terms on how miserable your lives really are.

    On more uplifting facts, I would much like to try this wine.

    • Michelle says:

      “if it does not affect us why care?” ?! Wow, that is one of the most ignorant and selfish things I have ever heard. And if someone over in the US is drowning/suffocating animals in itty bitty bottles, I would love to hear about it so I can go kick them in the teeth and start all sorts of trouble for them. Yea, we have our issues over here, and we do need to work on them, but I have never seen things like this in the US, and as I said, I wouldn’t want to.

    • Bob says:

      Going out on a limb, I’d say our quality of life is significantly better than the vast majority of other countries out there, including China. Setting that aside, you sound like a typical easterner living like a neanderthal, complaining about being judged by the west for your barbarism.

      • John Doe says:

        Are you kidding me? Lol a typical easterner living like a neanderthal???? Dude I’m American myself, but u can’t say that my m8. Eastern culture and science was way more advanced than ours for a millenium, until the industrial revolution. If China attacked other countries a long time ago when they were the only ones with gunpowder, cannons and explosives, China would have practically destroyed the rest of the world.

    • Rocky says:

      Wow! Judgmental, closed minded comments on both sides of the argument. We are people. Regardless of nationality, cultural practices, religious beliefs or social economic standing. We are people that have been usurping the earths natural resources from the beginning of time and will continue to do so until the end of time as we know it here on earth. On the scale of important ecological problems facing humanity at the moment this subject of putting a snake or snakes in a bottle of rice wine does not even rate at all. Cruelty? Ok, this is a living creature but the development of civilisation in all places has displaced, killed and destroyed millions and millions of lives, human, animal and plant. It is what humans do. So get over your petty arguments and go plant a tree.

    • Daisy says:

      Kieran says, “Typical pushing (ha ha ha) Westerners” and then goes on to complain about the comments that question a barbaric Chinese practice.

  15. Sasudent says:

    I’ll bet if done right, this stuff can be delicious!! Snake is fantastic, but I have only had it roasted or grilled. Never pickled.

  16. Christine Sanders says:

    I agree with Yashir- if the snake can live inside a wine bottle it is obviously special.

    And Chris, the snake breeder, you must really hate having sex?

    • Heather says:

      What in the world does his comment have to do with sex?? If you’re insinuating that no one would have sex with him simply because he breeds snakes, you couldn’t possibly be more wrong. Snakes are absolutely amazing, beautiful animals and there are plenty of women, including myself, who love them!

  17. Alex says:

    COOL. snake wine is one of my top 5 favorite things

  18. Lemoni says:

    This is a disgusting practise in an age when all wildlife is being put under pressure because of human activity and you can dress this up in culture and/or tradition as much as you like and do what you like to make it look pretty but none of that makes it right. Neither culture nor tradition acted as anaesthetic while these cruel and agonising tortures are meted out to these poor snakes. Putting them in bottles of wine is not the only horrific and wasteful thing they do with them out in the far east. How about cutting the heart out of live fully conscious snake and the heart is them given to some weak minded man to eat to make him feel better about himself, or how about snakes gall bladders being cut out of live snakes for medicine. Science has proved that these things do not work and have no medicinal properties at all, so why keep doing it. Millions of pythons are taken from the wild every year for the skin trade. These snakes are not farmed for this as it is not economically viable. Many of these beautiful pythons are skinned alive and then left to die and it can take them hours or even days to die in agony from dehydration, shock, blood loss and infection. The reticulated python, Python reticulatus and P. molurus sp, Indian and Burmese pythons are the main victims of this barbaric and evil trade. These are both Asian species, surprise, surprise. None of these practices are sustainable. There are even recipes that demand the snake is skinned alive as part of the preparation of the meal and it is not just snakes is it. Shark fin soup anyone? As for the people who were ‘bitten’ by those poor snakes. A strong dose of karma I think or could it be a case of revenge is a dish best served cold. Nice to see so many people sticking up for the snake. This is animal cruelty in the extreme and there is no getting away from that. Trying to hide behind culture and tradition will no longer work.

    • B says:

      In a sociology class about 15 years ago, we were forced to watch a video about how cultures around the world treat animals. There were sad practices found in every corner of the globe, but two parts of the film have stuck with me all these years. One of those parts was footage of the snakes being skinned alive. It was absolutely horrifying to say the least.

  19. Aaron says:

    A lot of you people should find out how animals are slaughtered everyday in the US for your consumption. Then go worry about that instead of another countries culture. Most people that eat or use animal products are in no position to condemn the poor Chinese woman that was bitten by a snake.

  20. rob says:

    how do i get one of these bottles?

  21. Kringle McKringleberry says:

    I don’t see why so many people see this as wrong. I guess most people hear, “snake in bottle comes back to life and bites person!” automatically assume that the snake was alive and kicking when it was placed into the bottle. It wasn’t alive when placed into the bottle. It was definitely a fresh kill. Another comment I read that just reeked of ignorance and arrogance was a comment on how putting animals into bottles was barbaric and how seeing these people doing so meant that their practice of medicine was questionable. To be completely honest, I’d rather try with eastern medicine than with western medicine. So many cases of addictions to pills and whatnot, I don’t think I’ve seen a case of anyone getting addicted to ginseng.

  22. JtMoney says:

    it’s a cultural difference guys, get over it.

  23. LOLhahaha says:

    I don’t here anyone complaining for the worm in the bottom of tequila…

  24. Sebedy says:

    I once had my mother in law pickled in the same way, I opened the bottle three months later and still got moaned at for having the wrong cushions on the sofa! This girl only got bitten by a snake and we are expected to feel sympathetic?

  25. Yo Momma says:

    Expecting me to believe that a snake can survive 3 months with NO oxygen, in a bottle of wine, and still be alive, is just as dumb as trying to get me to believe that Mary was a virgin! LMAO shame on you people for being SOOOOOOO gullible!

  26. Sb says:

    The snake doesn’t need to be alive to inject venom. Rattlesnakes are the same. Their venom doesn’t dry up after the snake’s death; it’s well documented that a dead snake can inject someone that steps on them.

  27. life says:

    The Chinese also eat monkey brains from a live monkey trapped in the center of the table.
    That is not nearly as bad as Americans killing millions of babies each year and even worse, by injecting their brains with salin and butchering them in the last trimester.
    And I hope you were all as outraged by Kermit Gosnell – the Philadelphia baby butcher.

    • Bill says:

      Crazier yet the “partial birth abortion” that kills the baby that is already born & breathing or crying, yet still connected to the cord of the mother!!! We call it infanticide if other countries do it, yet loopholes allow partial birth abortions to be committed in America.

  28. Andrew says:

    you guys are pathetic… go watch how america harvest chickens and cows, thats cruel

  29. clayton says:

    Why is everybody getting so upset about snakes? I kill wolves to make mittens out of their faces.

  30. guest says:

    Chris – meet – Heather…..she likes snakes 😉

  31. subtlefist says:

    How are these snakes living in bottles of fermented fluids with no oxygen? Snake in a bottle real. Live snake in a 3 month sealed bottle of wine…. horseshit

  32. Taco says:

    as long as no one is talking about taking away my three penis wine

  33. matthew says:

    you guys are a bunch of pathetic westerns… there way a life dates back a lot farther then your cheese burger eating ass’s. have some respect and learn about a culture before you go and judge them.

  34. APoop says:

    I would say this is animal abuse, but i hate snakes. Especially that one.

  35. Chandler says:

    Sounds like snake oil to me. 😉

  36. J Selak says:

    I read this story on the internet, so it must be true

  37. Chris says:

    i hope your’e all vegans like me, if you think that is animal abuse. 🙂

  38. phlembol says:

    If you look close, you can see the slit along the belly of the snake. They were not pickled alive. (That would make for some disgusting wine I would think.) And thus eviscerated, it is impossible they would “still” be alive when they were dead before pickled. That would truly be a miracle.

    There are many ways of harvesting food around the world. How is your way better?

  39. Patricia says:

    Serves her right…this is disgusting.

  40. jay says:

    animal abuse animal abuse, omg thats cruel! no whats cruel is how ignorant you are to where your mcdonals comes from and how those animals are treated or to the fact that your shampoo alone effects the eco system killing animals. the computer you are typing on was made from minerals mined out of eco systems destroyed killing animals just so you can be a little hypocrite baby crying on the internet.

    grow up.

  41. sokoot says:

    Justice served! well done to the snake! Hopefully, If more snakes bite more of these people and if a couple of these people die of this or get heavily injured or left paralyzed or something, they might stop animal abuse and forget about live pickling of animals. How do these people feel if they were pickled in wine alive?!

  42. MH says:

    How did they get the snakes to pose like that?

  43. Anna says:

    Can anyone explain how the snake was able to survive for so long without food or air….does this kind of starvation/deprivation ever happen in the wild?

  44. Hailey says:

    As a Biologist, I’m going to call bullshit (excuse my language). There is absolutely NO way a snake to live 3 months with no oxygen. Even if it had the ability to survive without food in a wine bottle, it would run out of oxygen within a matter of hours.

  45. MBS says:

    This is total bullshit. And what’s even crazier is that some of you actually believe it.

  46. Ad says:

    I love meat, meaty meat meat, here it goes down, down into my belly…

  47. Eric says:

    They should put those evil snakes in boiling acid and then throw that acid on those chickens spreading the bird flu. Light those chicken coops, toss in a few pandas for good measure and then toss a crying vegan in the mix for sacrifice purposes. This sickens me that we can’t pickle an evil devil snake without being bit. Its insanity dammit. Have you ever ate a horse ear, it taste like caramel and dogs taste like vanilla filled puff pastries with a gawt damn tarter sauce spread. The world deserves to eat baby fish eggs and half bird half egg Filipino treats. Anyways, I wish you all luck with saving the animals, I’ll be feeding them to my toothless babies.

    • asdfsdf says:

      why is a snake evil? it’s a part of nature, are lions and every other carnivore evil too?

      why do you punish killer animals by killing them? that makes YOU a killer, dummy

  48. Pete says:

    She didn’t die from the bite? Damn.

  49. Robert says:

    How come every one is focusing on ONLY the animal cruelty or the snake bite? Does no one else think it’s pretty freaking amazing that a “dead” snake, pickled in wine for three months, came back to life to bite a lady? I mean, this is something crazy cool like Tardigrades surviving in space. Yeah, the cruelty was not cool, but I want to know the science behind how it survived!

  50. JOE B says:

    If anyone ever says to me how great and wonderful fortune cookie, chinese wisdom is, I will be sure to tell them this story. Ancient Chinese wisdom may be seem wise but it is foolishness for those perishing.

  51. Jon says:

    I’m going to have to call bs on this one.

  52. Redsung-loo says:

    I’m sorry, this is complete nonsense. An air breathing reptile, as they all are, is immersed in a liquid for several years with no food and somehow it is still alive? Please people, use your f*cking brains! This is internet nonsense.

  53. Jeff Bensch says:

    Now we have a retard that wants to buy all the pickled snakes and set them free.. There is some genuine stupid right there – Not only are the snakes drunk as hell ..but they been cramped up like the Jefferson’s for so long they just waiting to move it on up and bite your dumb ass ..every single drunken one of em

  54. melody says:

    She deserved to have been bitten. Humans need to STOP torturing animals. ALL animal abusers should all die according to how they have abused animals in their life.

  55. Scott says:

    Good! I’m glad it bit her. WTF!? Where do the Chinese come up with this shit? They kill all kinds of animals for “medicinal’ purposes. There’s no science to their bullshit, it’s ‘widely believed’.

    Even better when someone dies from it, maybe they’ll stop this stupid fucking act.

  56. vikram says:

    humans are most cruel and stupid animal on this planet. i am ashamed on these acts of cruelty from our fellow humans 🙁 these people should also be picled or put in hot oil pan….

  57. Nick says:

    I’ll stick with my “Three Penis Wine.”

  58. Michael says:

    I want to know who puts the snake in the bottle without getting bit

  59. Andrew says:

    Okay, to the people who think this is cruel, it’s cruel to by YOUR understanding and cloture. What you think maybe cruel and torture, maybe a food tradition in another cloture. We, homo-sapiens are animals AND food to many other living creatures. If SOME animals taste better alive when being pickled, okay, that’s fine. I don’t live in the cloture. Not my problem, not my business. I have more important things to worry about and many people should too.

  60. rebecca says:

    Why is it that humans are the only species vilified for eating another animal?

  61. Fadilla says:

    After reading all the comments, how I wish these snakes could speak to all of you about their feelings. That’ll settle some things going on in here

  62. Apa says:

    It probably bit her because it had one hell of a hangover. After a three month alcohol binge, any sudden movement has to be annoying. Must be hard to get the snakes into the bottles, maybe they sedate them.

  63. ray says:

    I think the snake was dead! but just because it’s dead doesn’t mean that the venom loses it’s toxicity! A dead snake, if it’s hollow fangs strike someone with enough force, might still be able to cause injury. Don’t mess around with dead venomous snakes folks!

  64. Jo says:

    A lot of people commenting on this need to travel to another country and get a clue about cultures outside their own.

  65. Traci says:

    I just wonder who get’s the job of stuffing the “live snakes” in the bottles…

  66. Ewp says:

    My question is, who are the people who physically bottle these live snakes and how do they do it?

  67. Carlos says:

    Cruelty to animals??….lmao……omg….you tree huggin’ hippies

  68. GJY says:

    All the posts make me really despise my own species, yikes! :/ For those people arguing that it’s a “cultural” thing and thus cruelty is okay–well, that’s fine, but if we go by your argument then slavery and trafficking is fine too because it’s a thousand-year-long tradition in MANY countries. I’m not a veg, I eat meat (although I’m reducing my intake for my own triglycerides), but seeing people just waving off animal cruelty as a LOL issue is really offputting. (Also, I’m Chinese, I’m familiar with my own culture, and there are huge amounts of Chinese people who don’t condone this practice.)

  69. Goeso says:

    How can it survive for that long…

    • Xion says:

      They don’t, I am not condoning nor supporting how this process is done.

      People should really look up the facts before making these posts. The snake, depending where prepared, is first placed into ice for an extended period of time to numb it and place it into a coma like state, then it’s internals are removed and sown back up (baring certain things depending on desired outcome such as blood and heart). Then it is placed into the alcohol, when the brain kicks back to life from the cold induced coma, it takes a striking pose before dying in that position as the brain realises the body and it is dead, kind of like the final twitch’s of the body or the body of a headless chicken thing, this gives most that taxidermy striking look you see in the bottle that a lot of people like.

      When the pickled snake is exposed/jolted after a while of inactivity, such as two months, and depending on preparation, certain biological traits are still active, hence the dead snake bitting people (also, I believe that the alcohol safely neutralises the venom over a period of extended time, not completely sure on that one so don’t quote me… in general don’t quote me on any of this).

      If the snake are drowned in the alcohol, then their organs and waste matter disperses into the drink (this does actually happen with this drink depending on preparation).

      Anyway, unless the snake had evolved over a very long period of time to survive without oxygen, and that depends on the snake and natural selection, they cannot last that long. I know certain snakes are amphibious, but I don’t think a snake could hold its breath that long, or there would be enough Oxygen in the bottle and alcohol for it to survive, besides the fact they don’t normally have lungs.

      Not supporting this in any way, just explaining the process to a 3 year old dead forum…

  70. TheCajunPhoenix says:

    WTH are the winemakers thinking by putting live venomous snakes inside bottles of wine in the first place?

    I’m no vegan by any means, and live snakes can be scary. But being overrun by hordes of rats is a far worse fate, and these winemakers do us no favors by pickling one of our best pest control options to ever grace our planet in bottles of wine.

    The bites are usually reflexive.

    As for treatment for rheumatism, the woman who was bitten should have swallowed her pride and gone to a real doctor who specializes in treating rheumatism.

    • DONALD TRUMP says:

      Yeah! I agree with you and I also think that people should stop acting like weirdos over eating plants.

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