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What's the best way to kill a snake for taxidermy purposes?

Discussion in 'Reptile Taxidermy' started by RedWolf7, May 1, 2012.

  1. RedWolf7

    RedWolf7 Member

    I killed yet another big fat copperhead snake in my yard yesterday, and I'll admit I did not have mounting in mind. It's not only merely dead but really most sincerely dead. I chopped it in 3 pieces with a shovel. If I were to save the next one for taxidermy, what is the best way kill so that the hide can be mounted or used as a fashion accessory?
  2. Hit it on top of the head with a boat paddle. LOL. A well placed .22LR.

  3. aspenangler@hotmail.com

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    freeze it
  4. Bob Scott

    Bob Scott New Member

    As things are nowadays, I must suggest that you run away screaming like a little girl, quarantine the area, and call various representatives of local, state, and federal agencies.

    But I would drown it at the end of a long stick. Then freeze it, they don't mind being handled once drowned.
  5. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I scoop them up with a pool net. Then detach the net from the handle into a deep freezer. Shut the lid and don't open for a day.
  6. buckmaster14

    buckmaster14 Sometimes you get lucky...

    x3 or 4 on the freezing
  7. mdupertuis

    mdupertuis Active Member

    I always have to open it up and look. Had a huge Cottonmouth that I thought was dead. Scared the hell out of me when he moved as I touched him.

    The only way is to freeze them.
  8. pyeager1

    pyeager1 Active Member

    If you can't bring yourself around to freezing them live, a shot to the back of the head with a .22 rat shot isn't too bad as long as it isn't point blank! :D You shoulda chopped it up one more time so it would fit in the garbage bag easier. ;D

    BIGLAWE New Member

    freeze em
  10. Insult them until they lose the will to live.... or just drown them, but be careful, they can take some serious time under water
  11. Believe it or not you take a stick and tap it on the head....I use a long stick, and I tap it pretty good. BECAREFUL freezing them, when they thaw it seems like they come back to life, and they can still bit when there dead.....