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Preserving a snake shed skin

Discussion in 'Reptile Taxidermy' started by mrdux, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. mrdux

    mrdux Member

    What can be done to preserve and display the shed skin of a cobra? I've tanned, freeze dried or skin mounted several snakes but have yet to deal with a shed skin. Thanks!
  2. pyeager1

    pyeager1 Active Member

    Man I have some that are over a year old that I done nothing too. ??? I don't really know what you could put on them.

  3. mrdux

    mrdux Member

    Comeon Perry, of all the folks here I figured you would have the answer. My 1st inclination would be to layer it between 2 panes of glass, frame it and be done with it.
  4. perhaps tacking it to a board and than a thick coating of sealant?
  5. aerosol hair spray works great!
  6. Ted79

    Ted79 Guest

    Greetings! I know that Shed king cobra skin (SKCS) and shed cobra skin (SCS) were investigated for use as barrier membranes, including some pre-hydration factors, for in-vitro nicotine permeation. Inter-specimen variations in nicotine fluxes using shed snake skin were compared with those using human epidermis. Nicotine in the form of 1% w/v aqueous buffer solution at pH 5 and transdermal patches (dose 14 mg day-1) were used. The nicotine fluxes across the shed snake skin were not significantly affected (P > 0.05) by temperature and duration of hydration pre-treatment. Scanning electron micrographs of SKCS and SCS revealed a remarkable difference in surface morphology, but the nicotine fluxes using both shed skins were not significantly different (P > 0.05). When compared with the results obtained using human epidermis, there were similarities in fluxes and permeation profiles of nicotine. Using nicotine solution, the nicotine permeation profiles of all membranes followed zero order kinetics. The amount of nicotine permeated provided good linearity with the square root of time over 24 h (R2 > 0.98) when using nicotine patches. The nicotine fluxes using SKCS and SCS had less inter-specimen variation than those using human epidermis. The results suggest a potential use for SKCS or SCS as barrier membranes for in-vitro nicotine permeation studies.
  7. mrdux

    mrdux Member

  8. all of that has nothing to do with your question and hes trying to show off how smart he is even though hes really being an idiot
  9. burgexc

    burgexc New Member

    I teach high school science and have a rat snake shed that I use for an observation lab that I have had for over 10 years. I did nothing to it and it is still in the same condition as when I collected it. I do have a shed from the class corn snake that I have in a plastic sleeve and hung up on the wall of the classroom. It has been there for 6 months and seems fine. The glass mounting option sounds fine too.