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Topic: How to skin a snake?
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08-31-2009 19:09:36

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No, this is a country post. I happened to witness a copperhead snake commit suicide just West of my house on the gravel road. (Just cause I had a canoe paddle in the back of my truck does not make me a suspect). He is in a ziplock bag in my shop refridge. My question is how to preserve the skin. I did one years ago using a tanning solution and glycerine. A lot of the scales came off over the years.

Any ideas?



09-01-2009 03:25:22

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for some reason I think LARRY KING would know about it


08-31-2009 20:42:52

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Done many snakes and there easy. Just use sizzors to split the belly open and peel the skin off. Pin it to a board scales down and salt it completely with table salt about 1/2 inch thich for a day or two. Brush off salt to see if it is dry and if not salt it again. This will give you a skin you can mount on a board but not use as a belt. Mineral oil can soften it up a little later if it drys to much. I have snakes probley 10-12 years old done this way and there still nice. Mark H.


08-31-2009 20:37:15

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Van dykes taxidermy has tans for snakes

Lightening Bug

08-31-2009 19:20:08

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This response is based on an old book.

Might be worth checking what the Indians did. With deer skins some tribes would bury the skin in mud and leave it there over the winter. Pull it out and go from there for tanning, etc.

So there might be an approach for snake skins that is similar. If so, perhaps it would last longer than what we do now.

Just a thought.

Take care.


09-01-2009 15:31:20

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Where can I find mud that last all winter?

Lightening Bug

09-01-2009 16:53:48

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Evidently the idea of being in the ground even when frozen worked. (As if you didn't already know that.) Then in spring they would scrape the fur off and take it from there.

Thought it was interesting. Suspect they had a way of handling snake skins too.

Take care.

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