Skinning and Making Rattlesnake Hat Band

Discussion in 'Taxidermy' started by RHenshaw, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. RHenshaw

    RHenshaw Member

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    Mar 27, 2011
    Independence, Mo.
    I'm looking for someone near the Kansas City Area that can Skin and Make a Hat Band from a 3 ft. Timber Rattler with 9 Rattles On It, or Help Me Do It, I have never done it and sure don't want to mess it up.
    I live in Independence, Mo.
     
  2. radioactive

    radioactive Well-Known Member

    Jan 25, 2012
    I did a Western Diamondback about 15 years ago. Fleshed the hide really well, soaked for 3 days in Prestone antifreeze, rinsed well, dried, then rubbed it down with pure Glycerin. It is still supple and not shedding the scales.
    The only problem is I believe they changed the formula of antifreeze a few years ago, so it may not work. Just did a quick search and folks are saying to not use antifreeze. Found this for you:

    How To Tan a Snakeskin
    Tanning a snakeskin is a very simple process.
    Follow these easy steps and you will soon be finished.

    1. Skin out the snake and make sure that all the meat and fat are removed from the flesh side of the skin.
    2. Mix a solution of equal parts pure glycerin and rubbing alcohol in a sealable container. Make enough to fully submerge the skin.
    3. Loosely roll the snakeskin, put it into the solution, and seal the container.
    4. Let the snakeskin sit for 2-3 days stirring once a day. Make sure that the skin is fully submerged.
    5. Remove the skin from the container and rinse with water.
    6. Use a dull knife and scrape the flesh side to remove any loose membrane. This will give the flesh side a nice clean look when you are finished.
    7. Spread a light coat of the pure glycerin on the flesh side and let it hang dry for 24 hours.
    8. Use a damp cloth to wipe any excess residue off the skin and you're all done.
     

  3. oneshot 1

    oneshot 1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    Ozarks
    What do you do about them being protected here in Missouri?

    oneshot

    :D :eek: