Must have been a monster cat that would seize hold of a snake like that!

Finally, let the snakeskin dry for 1-3 days before removing it from the drying surface.

Avoid storing dried snakeskins near the bathroom or kitchen, where there may be high levels of moisture in the air.

Skin out the snake and make sure that all the meat and fat are removed from the flesh side of the skin. Skin out the snake and make sure that all the meat and fat are removed from the flesh side of the skin. In this smaller container, add 4 oz. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. http://www.hidetanning.net/SnakeSkinningIllustrated.html, http://modern-hunters.com/tanning-rattlesnake-skin/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_7KAdHO6K8, consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. All tip submissions are carefully reviewed before being published. Sprinkle a generous layer of salt (without iodine in it) over the whole skin. How do I soften it and straighten it out again?

Take it slow and make sure the skin doesn't wrinkle at all while you are wrapping it around the rolling pin. His work has appeared in "The New York Times," "USA Today" and the U.K.'s biggest paper—"The Guardian," amongst other, smaller publications. Try and do this as soon after killing the snake as possible.

Tanning a snakeskin is a very simple process. Once you rinse it, you can either place it in the freezer until your ready yo mount it or you can just go ahead and mount it up.

I have never killed a rattler cause I dont know how to tan a snake hide but it it is this simple then I have a hat that would look great with a rattle snake band. ammonia (ammonium aluminum sulfate) or potash alum (potassium aluminum sulfate), 8 oz.

The end result was more impressive to the kids so I kept it as it was.

To learn how to remove and prepare snakeskin before drying it, keep reading!

of Borax. This method will keep the skin nice and supple. This will make the skin malleable and easier to flatten out on a board. You can now use your snakeskin for a hatband, belt or anything else where you want a little extra decoration. Oops, I stretch mine out and use borax or salt. Place another pine board on top to press skin between, and let it stay in a cool, dry place another 4 days. Tanning Snakeskin If you have to kill a snake for any reason, you might as well preserve its skin into something soft and beautiful.

it also depends what you plan to do with it. Soak the hide in the tanning solution without adding any flour to the mixture, if the hide does not have fur on the other side. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

You should be able to find the formula by doing a search. Borax has some bug proofing qualities and it draws fluids from the skin, effectively drying it and preventing decay but it is not tanning the leather. Let the snakeskin sit for 2-3 days stirring once a day. You have front and back pictures of the skin… Avoid hunting for snakes on public lands or places where indigenous species are protected by federal law, such as national parks and wildlife preserves.

It has curled.

New Mexico State University; Tanning Deer Hides and Small Fur Skins; John Boren, et al. Put the skin in a gallon jar filled with equal parts water and glycerin, enough to completely cover the skin. Calm, intelligent, and his dog is pretty smart too. We hate to kill snakes, but occasionally it is necessary. Please help us continue to provide you with our trusted how-to guides and videos for free by whitelisting wikiHow on your ad blocker. I do about the same as pug but I use yellow anti freeze. Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by dipbait, May 22, 2010. It may help to place a weighted object at one or both ends of the skin as you secure it to the drying surface. Remove any excess oil with a paper towel.

I tanned the snake with 50/50 glycerine and denatured alcohol.