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Snake Skin Preservation

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by TooTaxed, Feb 3, 2010.

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  1. TooTaxed

    TooTaxed Member

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    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?
     
  2. peptoe

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    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.
     
  3. RumRunner

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    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 ;)
     
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    i should add that WASCO= wildlife artist supply co. (taxidermy.com)
    they go for like 19$
     
  5. Mountie855

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    Snakeskin

    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.
     
  6. Big Bill

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    cool link big bill
     
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    I do it the exact way as the link Big Bill put up. Seems to work pretty well.
     
  9. Venado

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    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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