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Snake Tanning Gone Wrong... What Happened!?

Discussion in 'Reptile Taxidermy' started by davidt, Dec 21, 2018.

  1. davidt

    davidt New Member

    Okay, so i tried my hand at tanning my first snake hide (first tanning ever in fact)

    Skinned a four foot ball python, scraped it down completely, submerged it in a tanning solution (50% alcohol %0% glycerin for a week, including a daily stir. went to remove it today and its super stiff...

    I was going to move onto the next step but this is NOT what I was suspecting.

    It also appears to have lost a lot of pigment...

    Is this salvageable? I am so disappointed and just want to figure out where I went wrong so I dont let this happen again.

    Any and all advice would be appreciated.

  2. rogerswildlife

    rogerswildlife Rogers Wildlife Taxidermy Tommy Rogers

    That mixture works fine one pit vipers not so sure about a python. I have mounted a piebald ball python before but I picked and then tan. The one I did you couldn't just scrape the flesh from that sucker . It had a very thick membrane on it that didn't want to come off . I actually shaved it on a fleshing wheel . If you didn't get it all the way to the skin it would be stiff.