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March 26, 2008, 12:50PM

'Snake vodka' lands entrepreneur in jail

Associated Press


SANTO — A Texas rattlesnake rancher who calls himself Bayou Bob found a new way to make money: Stick a rattler inside a bottle of vodka and market the concoction as an "ancient Asian elixir."

But Bayou Bob Popplewell's bright idea appears to have landed him on the wrong side of the law, because he has no liquor license.

Popplewell, who has raised rattlesnakes and turtles at Bayou Bob's Brazos River Rattlesnake Ranch for more than two decades, surrendered to authorities Monday. He spent about 10 minutes in jail after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission obtained arrest warrants on misdemeanor charges of selling alcohol without a license and possessing alcohol with intent to sell.

If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail and $1,000 in fines.

Popplewell said he will fight the charges. His intent, he said, is not to sell an alcoholic beverage but a healing tonic. He said he has customers of Asian descent who believe the concoction has medicinal properties.

"It's almost a spiritual thing," said Popplewell, 63.

But alcohol commission agent Scott Jones pointed out that investigators confiscated 429 bottles of snake vodka and one bottle of snake tequila. At $23 a bottle, that's almost $10,000 worth of reptilian booze.

Even if Popplewell intended his drink be used as a healing tonic — an assertion the alcohol commission disputes — his use of vodka requires a state permit, authorities said.

"It's sold for beverage purposes, and he knows what he's doing," commission Sgt. Charlie Cloud said.

Popplewell said he uses the cheapest vodka he can find as a preservative for the snakes. The end result is a super sweet mixed drink that Popplewell compared to cough syrup.

"I've honestly never seen a person drink it," he said.

An Asian studies lecturer at the University of Texas said there is some merit to Popplewell's claim that snake vodka could be seen as a tonic.

There's a street nicknamed "Snake Alley" in Taipei, Taiwan, where street vendors put the gall bladder of a freshly killed snake into a glass of strong liquor. The drink, sold to the highest bidder, is supposed to improve eyesight and sexual performance, said lecturer Camilla Hsieh.

"It's like the ancient version of Viagra," Hsieh said.

Santo is located 60 miles west of Fort Worth.



damn, youre a hoss if you can chug a bottle of that shit

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man. that shit is all kinds of fucked up.

but i want a bottle for display. a cobra one especially.

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Just put in an order for a bottle with cobra with a scorpion in its mouth, I want it for display but I know some drunken night im gonna crack that shit.

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Quickwoods got a point, i own a couple snakes, neither of which smell appetising in the least.


Especially when they shit. SSSOOOOO........unless he prekilled the snakes, then washed them, sounds kinds gross. Cause if he's just tryin to stick a snake in a bottle, it would shit, as one of it's defense mechanisms, then you'd be left with shitty, smelly, dirty snake shit and piss vodka. No thanks.

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they sell this shit down the street called skorpio vodka that has a scorpion in it... but just one little one and dude even said it was some novelty shit



this is the real deal and Im going to work on scoring one of these asap and make martinis of snake vodka garnished with skewared scorpions




most hardcore drink ever

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