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skinning copperheads and eastern dimondbacks

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Dreaded_Reaper, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Dreaded_Reaper

    Dreaded_Reaper New Member

    can someone tell me an easy way to skin with head on?

    without tearing the skin?
  2. Aaron H

    Aaron H foxfiretaxidermy.com

    For a mount where belly will not show, split the center of the belly 6-8" (on large snake) behind the head and down to the tail. Skin around this "middle" area and then invert the skin up to the head and cut off back of the skull. Invert the skin toward tail the same way--extra care with tail. You may have to open it nearly to the tip. Young snakes tear easily- larger snakes not so bad. If your snake is in good fresh condition and not close to skin sheading at time of death the scales will usually stay in place well using this method. Enjoy!