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Snakes Used for Food, Medicine, Magic, and More in Movies

This is an alphabetical list of movies in which snakes are used for food, medicine or magic, taken from the main Snakes in Movies List.
Snakes are skinned, cooked and eaten, or their venom is extracted to be used in medicine or as a drug,
or they are used in rituals and ceremonies, but for this list they are not just used as weapons to kill someone.

You can see more pictures and read a description of the snake scenes by following the title link.

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The Air I Breathe (2007)  

A scientist milking a venomous snake, oops, gets bitten by the snake.
The Air I Breathe
Alien from the Deep [Alien Degli Abissi] (1989)

A snake hunter collects venomous snakes on a tropical island to sell their venom to pharmaceutical companies. He also uses the venom to make poison darts to use in his blow gun.
Alien from the Deep Screenshot
Alligator (1980)

A police detective seeks help from a herpetologist about a giant alligator eating people in the sewer. We first see the herpetologist in her lab milking a rattlesnake, then putting it back in its cage. (Milked venom is typically used to make anti-venin used to treat snake bites.)
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Bad Girls (1994)  

Saloon girls on the lam are startled by a rattlesnake, so one of them shoots it and they eat it for dinner.
Bad Girls

The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968)

Fu Manchu makes an army of beautiful female assassins by forcing them to be bitten by venomous snakes. The snake venom gives the women the power to kill a man by kissing him.

The Blood of Fu Manchu
Calamity of Snakes (1982)

A snake vendor in a market in Taiwan shows a crowd how to skin snakes alive and drain their blood to drink. We also see construction workers eat snake meat in a cafe.
Calamity of Snakes Screenshot

Calamity of Snakes Screenshot
The Canyon (2009) 

A wilderness guide is bitten by two rattlesnakes. Before he dies, leaving his clients to survive in the Grand Canyon alone without food or water, chased by hungry wolves, he tells them to cook one of the rattlesnakes for dinner.
The Canyon
Capricorn One (1977) 

A hungry astronaut, lost in the desert and chased by helicopters, hides in a cave where he finds a rattlesnake, kills it, and eats it.
Capricorn One
Chato's Land (1972)   

Chato kills a rattlesnake with a knife, skins it, cuts off the rattle, and wraps the rattle up in the skin, putting the ball in his pocket. When it dries, it becomes a musical rattle which he gives to his son.
Chato's Land
Creeping Death (Kill the Poker Player) (1972)

A zoologist in the old west collects venomous snakes to use their venom for medicine.
Da 5 Bloods (2020) - Four Vietnam war veterans return to Vietnam where they see a snake sold for food in an outdoor market. The saleswoman cuts its head off then brings the snake's body to their boat to convince them to buy it. Da 5 Bloods Screenshot
Dark Tide (1994) 

We see lots of sea snakes in this movie that are collected from the ocean and taken home to extract their venom which will be sold for medical research.
Dark Tide
Despicable Me 2 (2013)

A villain named El Macho is so macho that he squirts venom from a rattlesnake into his drink at a bar.
Drunken Master II (The Legend of Drunken Master) (1994) A young woman sells snakes in an outdoor food market in China.


Drunken Master 2 Screenshot
Eaten Alive! (1980)

Cannibals eat live snakes.
Eaten Alive
End of Days (1999)

Devil-worshippers feed the blood of a rattlesnake to a newborn baby girl to claim her as a bride for Satan when she grows up to be Robin Tunney.

End of Days
Eva Nera (1976) 

Eva and her girlfriend go to an outdoor snake restaurant and watch a man skin a live snake and cook it for their lunch.
Eva Nera
Excalibur (1981)

A Necromancer uses snakes along with other animals to make her evil potions.
Excalibur Screenshot
Exodus: Gods & Kings (2014)

The Pharaoh Ramses has a pit full of pet snakes. He milks the venom from his cobras to use to give him immunity to snakebite.
Exodus Screenshot
Flypaper (1997)

A guy cooks snake meat on his outdoor grill and milks their venom to make antivenom..
From Mexico with Love (2009)

A man uses his van to collect rattlesnakes and uses that business as a cover for his business of smuggling undocumented farmworkers and drugs. We see rattlesnake skins hanging inside his van, so he is probably selling rattlesnake skins. He might also sell the meat for food.
From Mexico with Love
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

A Kalahari bushman kills a cobra for food and for its skin to make a pouch.
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Golden Needles (1974)

We see snakes in a Hong Kong food market.
Golden Needles Screenshot
Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)  

Live snakes, frogs, and dried fingers are tossed into a witch's potion.
Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom (1984)  

A python full of eels is cooked for dinner.
Indiana Jones
The In-Laws (2003)

The special in a Chicago Vietnamese restaurant is a giant cooked snake on a bed of fruits and vegetables with an orange in its mouth.
The In-Laws Screenshot
J.O.E. and the Colonel [Humanoid Defender] (1985)

A genetically-engineered super soldier keeps a cobra to use as a source of extra power.
Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)

Two men eat at a snake restaurant. One gets bitten by his lunch.
keeping up with the joneses
The Killer Snakes (She sha shou) (1975) 

A man working in a restaurant in China cuts open snakes and drains their bile into a cup for the customers to drink.
The Killer Snakes
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

Arthur's magician, The Mage, conjures up a venomous snake to bite him on the neck so its venom will bring him visions and protect him.
King Arthur
King Serpent Island (She wang dao) (2021)

A black market snake-hunting gangster eats snake eggs, and a biologist milks snake venom.
Lonesome Dove (1989)  

Rattlesnakes are dinner for cowboys and for pigs.
Lonesome Dove
The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

Diabolical Dr. Fu Manchu makes a mind-control serum of sacred herbs and reptiles, including a Burmese Python.
The Mask of Fu Manchu
Mondo Cane (1962)

A shockumentary with a segment about snakes that are sold and cooked for food in Singapore.
Mondo Cane
Mutant Python (2021)

A secluded mountain village in China is terrorized by a giant python, so they plan to sacrifice a girl to appease it. The girl's brother catches snakes for them to eat.
The Naked Prey (1965)

A hungry man pursued by African tribesmen finds a snake, hacks it up, and eats it raw.
The Naked Prey
Night of the Cobra Woman (1972)  

A man extracts the venom of a cobra to use in laboratory research.
Night of the Cobra Woman
Ophelia (2018)

Ophelia learns that Claudius killed Hamlet's father with snake venom he got from a witch.
Ophelia uses the witch's snake venom to fake her death.
Resurrection (1980) 

A woman pets a captive two-headed snake at a gas station, then develops miraculous healing powers. Much later in life she takes over the gas station and heals a boy with the same snake after it died and was preserved in a jar.
River's End (2005)

A rattlesnake is decapitated and brought back to become lunch.
River's End Screenshot
Romancing the Stone (1984)

A man and woman take shelter in a crashed drug-smuggling airplane in the Colombian jungle. He sees a venomous snake crawling next to her head, so he kills it with a machete. Then he eats the snake.
Romancing the Stone
Silent Tongue (1993) 

We see rattlesnakes in the background and a Native American woman roasts one on a stick and eats it.
Silent Tongue
Slave of the Cannibal God (The Mountain of the Cannibal God) (1978)

A group of cannibals in Borneo eat live snakes for dinner.
Slave of the Cannibal God Screenshot
The Snake Woman (1961)  

A herpetologist injects his pregnant wife with medicine he makes out of snake venom to cure her "sick mind." She dies in childbirth, and her daughter Atheris is born an unblinking, cold-blooded snake woman who runs away to live in the wild where she changes between a woman and a venomous cobra, terrorizing an English village.

The Snake Woman
Snakes (Snake/Serpent of Death) 2018

An expedition to an uninhabited island to search for a plant with miraculous healing powers encounters giant monster snakes. When a woman is scared of a small snake on a tree, a soldier kills it and eats part of it raw, then encourages everybody else to try some.
Soldier Blue (1970) 

A woman who lived with Indians cooks some snake meat and feeds it to a wounded soldier.
Soldier Blue
Stop Loss (2008)   

A soldier on leave picks up a rifle and shoots a rattlesnake to save his buddy. Then, like true Texans, they barbecue it and eat it.
Stop Loss
The Terror Within (1989)

One of the last surviving humans on earth catches a rattlesnake in the desert and slices it open for food.

The Terror Within
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

A cowboy decapitates a rattlesnake. A nun shakes its rattles to scare off soldiers.Then they eat it.
2 mules for sister sara
The Virgin Spring (1960) 

A shaman in the woods gives a woman a dried snake as a cure for her anguish. This is a Bergman movie, so she's going to need a lot more than that....
Virgin Spring
The Woman Eater (Womaneater) (1958) 

An Amazon witchdoctor dances with snakes in a ceremony to sacrifice a woman to a woman-eating tree.
The Womaneater

Xtro (1982)

A young boy has a pet snake named Harry who laid four eggs. The boy's father, who is actually a bloodthirsty alien, sneaks into his room, picks up the eggs, then crushes them and eats them.

Xtro Screenshot
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