Get Ready For Snake Meat To Overtake Steak In The Grocery Store


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A study published Thursday argued that it would be much better if we all stopped eating steaks and instead focused our diets on snake meat.

Pythons are apparently an amazing source of meat, at least according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports. And apparently python is such a great meat, we should all start eating it instead of the foods we love and enjoy, like steak. The researchers focused their arguments on the farming practices associated with pythons. These magnificently enormous beasts only require a small amount of space, the scientists claimed (I think Peta and biologists would disagree), and apparently don’t need much in the way of water or food.

A volunteer takes care of a royal python at the refuge of the Pairi Daiza Foundation in Brugelette, on February 3, 2023. – The foundation takes care of abandoned reptiles and amphibians. The refuge welcomes more and more abandoned pet reptiles, notably due to the energy crisis. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

Faisal Malikah holds up a Reticulated Python at his house in the Saudi Red Sea resort of Jeddah on September 16, 2021. Malaikah’s love for non-venomous snakes has evolved from having just one when he was five to ultimately crossbreeding dozens to produce “live art” in unique colours and patterns. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

A Reticulated Python is pictured near snake eggs at the house of Faisal Malikah in the Saudi Red Sea resort of Jeddah on September 16, 2021. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

So therefore we should imprison millions of pythons in small spaces with limited food and water because they’d be good for us to eat. While the scientists didn’t explicitly state that python meat will be in the grocery stores any time soon, it seems to be the way the research trended.

“These animals are extremely good converters of food and particularly protein,” the study’s co-author Patrick Aust, a People for Wildlife conservation specialist, told ABC News. “Literally, they are specialists [at] making the most of very little.” (RELATED: Cutbacks On Medicine, Food, And More Point Toward Financial Crisis)

A professional python hunter, hired by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Enrique Galan catches a Burmese python, in Everglades National Park, Florida on August 11, 2022. – Enrique Galan may freeze with fear every time he spots a yellow grasshopper, but that doesn’t stop him from regularly disappearing into the Everglades to hunt down Burmese pythons, an invasive species that has been damaging Florida’s wetland ecosystem for decades. When not working at his job staging cultural events in Miami, the 34-year-old spends his time tracking down the nocturnal reptiles from Southeast Asia. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

This photograph taken on November 17, 2021, shows a Royal python (Python Regius) at ” La ferme tropicale” in Paris. (Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)

Python farming is already a normalized practice in parts of Asia, the researchers argued. Will it become part of the norm out here in the West? My God, I hope not. But science may have other ideas. “Over the last two decades, snake farming has expanded,” the study authors argued. “Reptile meat is not unlike chicken: high in protein, low in saturated fats, and with widespread aesthetic and culinary appeal.”

Despite this description, I’m still good on python burger. Thanks.