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tanning snakes with scales on?

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

  1. Dreaded_Reaper

    Dreaded_Reaper New Member

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    how do i keep the scales from falling off?
     
  2. phoenix-cry

    phoenix-cry Active Member

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    I've only skinned/tanned one snake, but the scales didn't come off. How did you handle the animal? What kind of snake? Need more info.
     

  3. Depending on how close the snake is to shedding, it seems some are easy to "descale" and others don't descale at all. They look better in my opinion after you have descaled them.
     
  4. muscle20

    muscle20 New Member

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    I tan them with the scales on then remove them, as PL Tannery stated look better and more functional for leather.
     
  5. I use a Slightly curved, plastic Clay Modeling tool to descale. And at the same time it "Breaks" and softens the leather.
     
  6. Dreaded_Reaper

    Dreaded_Reaper New Member

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    they are copperheads and eastern dimondback, whole frozen no damage, real nice coloration thats dark and nice sheen on the eastern, like it had just shed recently.
     
  7. Color stays on snakes when you tan them so that should not be a problem even if they do descale. The clear scales end up drying kinda cloudy anyway.