Yes, take care of that poor snake first. Dump him out and let him go his way.
Your cholesterol is made up of three parts -- LDL (bad kind), HDL (good kind) and triglycerides (another bad kind). The total cholesterol reading may not tell you the whole story. Your triglycerides may be the highest number of the three, in which case your diet can change that figure radically, if you cut down on the sugar and fat you eat. The LDL cholesterol can be the result of eating too much meat with all its grease. The grease (and all that marbling in the meat) is high in cholesterol. Your body should be able to make all the cholesterol it needs, so you don't need to eat it as well. Try leaner cuts of meat, lean hamburger, bison burger, chicken breast instead of the dark leg meat, same with turkey. Avoid the pork altogether. Any cut you get from it is going to be filled with fat. You can drink a gallon of water a day without doing yourself serious harm, but that's the upper limit. Salt will make your body retain water to some degree, especially as you get older. So try to cut down on the salt, but don't eliminate it altogether. Salt is what makes a lot of foods taste good.