Snake Skin Preservation


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TooTaxed
February 3, 2010, 08:06 PM
My brother skinned a nice rattlesnake...then had to suddenly leave for a couple of weeks. Returned to find it dried out and curled, but not crumbly. What can he treat it with to make it flexible again to put on a wall?

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peptoe
February 3, 2010, 08:57 PM
One time me and my buddies skined one and tacked it on a board on topof a bunch of rock salt, we let it sit in a tin shed for a week or so in the 100 degree heat. Then a friend tacked it on another board for good. There are probably a few sources if you google it, we were teen agers and didn't really know any different.

RumRunner
February 3, 2010, 09:06 PM
use non-iodized salt. NOT table salt.
WASCO sells snake tan beginner kits.

or take it to your taxidermist and he will take care of it ;)

RumRunner
February 3, 2010, 09:07 PM
i should add that WASCO= wildlife artist supply co. (taxidermy.com)
they go for like 19$

Mountie855
February 3, 2010, 10:31 PM
We had the same problem with a rattlesnake skin over 100 yrs old-expert told us to soak it plain water for a couple of days- worked perfectly!

Straightened it out and framed it.

Big Bill
February 5, 2010, 01:47 AM
Try this link:

How to Cure Snake Skin

http://www.ehow.com/how_5161071_cure-snake-skin.html

kgbowhunt
February 14, 2010, 10:10 AM
cool link big bill

wankerjake
February 14, 2010, 05:59 PM
I do it the exact way as the link Big Bill put up. Seems to work pretty well.

Venado
February 14, 2010, 08:23 PM
I tack the skin to a board, and clean all the meat off. I then put Goop handcleaner on it, which has all the things necessary to tan the hide. Apply the Goop to the skin a couple of times a day for two or three days. Then wipe the skin with a rag, and work the skin with your hands breaking down the fibers. That is it. I have done many this way, even have done coyote and deer hides the same way.

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