It’s hard to forget the first time a gator comes up and challenges you over the redfish that you’ve worked so hard to get, hissing and humping and generally doing his most badass modern dinosaur imitation. There is a form of revenge available, though. Consider alligator what Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods, calls a “stunning alternative protein.”
Of course if you really want to help in the battle against invasive species, you could choose to hunt and cook what some South Americans call “the chicken of the trees.” Heck, the residents of Gasparilla might even pay you to make a meal of their pesky invaders.
Not challenging enough? Reports are that python meat is “chewy but sweet.” And the first cook to take on a giant boa constrictor will get a free copy of Carl Hiaasen’s new book Chomp. We might even be able to get Carl to sign it.