Pickled snake bites woman? I call shenanigans!

I’m simply NOT buying this story.

That’s the spirit: Snake preserved in wine for 3 months bites woman – ODD – Globaltimes.cn.

The Year of the Snake has proved unlucky for one woman in northern China who received hospital treatment after opening a bottle of wine containing a snake that suddenly jumped out and bit her hand.

The story says the woman bought the live snake and kept it in spirits, preserved, as she drank the wine regularly for rheumatism. A local Chinese paper notes that she was adding more alcohol to the bottle when it sprang to life. She suffered “inflammation”, was treated and released.

I call BULLSHIT on this one. There are MANY problems with this, not the least of which is how could the snake be alive? Snakes can survive shortly after beheading (as seen here: Warning – friggin’ scary) but they can NOT survive alive in alcohol for months. Probably not even a day. I’m not sure anything could tolerate that.

Besides, what kind of snake? How did she get a live snake in the bottle in the first place? Why did it not move or attack her before? Did anyone go and check out the snake? Was she really bitten by a snake or something else? TONS of questions. No answer. Shenanigans.

Snake wine (Wikipedia)

Snake wine (Wikipedia)

Oddly enough, there are other similar cases.

A similar case involving a serpent resurrection occurred in 2009 when a Hubei Province resident surnamed Zhang was bit two months after he attempted a similar brew. Zhang was not severely injured, unlike a villager from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in April 2001 who died a day after being bitten from a preserved wine snake.

Snake wine, as noted, is common. The snakes preserved are usually venomous. It is said that the venom is inactivated due to the alcohol. The concoction is used for Traditional Chinese medicine treatments. Or, in other words, bogus. What a waste of a good snake.

Note: The following is a spoof.

  7 comments for “Pickled snake bites woman? I call shenanigans!

  1. September 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    I know in parts of Texas a bottle of whiskey with a rattle snake in it is very popular. well let’s say at macho bars!! No one has died yet from the snake!

  2. Vin
    September 14, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Maybe the alcohol caused some kind of chemical reaction with the ‘deceased’ snake’s tendons/muscles etc leading to a kind of ‘spring load’ effect? More likely she was drunk and playing with it (dropped the bottle?) and actually managed to stick herself trying not to touch the REALLY EXPENSIVE icky dead thing while trying to stuff it in another bottle? (people make dumb mistakes ALL the time…..but nobody EVER wants to admit it)…..wonder if the alcohol really DOES make the venom ‘safe’….need someone who knows their chemistry and has a BIG hobby/collection of dead venomous stuff in jars (bet there are LOTS of peeps out there like that….I’d be one if I could afford it)

  3. September 14, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    So she’s been bitten by a zombie snake. That can’t be good. World War Z may start in China, then.

  4. Anthony
    September 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    i have finished reading the story (the video from the dr’s is scarier than the snake biting itself) but while the time length is laughable the snake can be dead and still react best explanation while still being funny was cracked.com

    “The snake has heat-sensitive pits at either side of its face, which it uses to detect threats — and let’s face it, if you’re close enough for your body heat to be detected, you’re close enough to be considered a threat. Oh, and also what the hell are you doing standing so close to a venomous snake’s face?”

    Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_19774_6-terrifying-creatures-that-keep-going-after-theyre-dead.html#ixzz2evHbnLUx

    the 2 questions i can’t be sure of (without a trip to Herpetology section of the academic papers in the college library) are the length those “pits” can function and how long the self-defense mechanism will be viable.

  5. stomach
    September 19, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Is it similar to wine sold on Buy-snake-wine shop ? I already bought this one on this store delivered to US) and would like different wine if your know where? Thanks.

  6. September 23, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Snake venom is deactivated by the stomach (it’s just a protein) You can eat it even if it hasn’t been soaked in alcohol. It has to be injected into the blood stream to be effective. It’s not recommended that you eat it, because you could have a cut in your throat or even lip where it WOULD come in contact with your blood stream. It’s poison you cannot eat.

    That being said, venoms are denatured by most alcohols.

  7. September 27, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    the snakes are put in the wine by starving them for a length of time until they are weak and have nothing left in their bodies, and are then put into the wine. the woman didn’t put it in there herself, it was put in by the shop she bought it from.

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