I know this sounds very sophomoric..but here goes. I have been getting my snakes dead and have been having a good amount of luck for a rookie to snake taxidermy. This week I have been given several Western Diamondbacks that were very much alive and very angry. I have put them in the deep freeze. I was wondering how long a rattlesnake can live in this kind of environment. My freezer is about 15 degrees f.
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I try to tell every one to let them stay for 48 hours and then check. However I also caution that if you put a large supply in to the freezer, to use a stick to move the frozen bodies out of the way on the second day, as some of mine have been known to get under the others and stay alive a little longer. Anyway I too am a beginner, but ihave goten most of my snakes alive and have dealt with this for more than two years. I hope that this helps.
Ben Haden told a story about someone freezing a five gallon bucket of rattler, well as they thawe the ones in the center had been hibernating and the fellow was bitten as he reached over the pile.