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Mounting A Snake.

Discussion in 'Reptile Taxidermy' started by Micah Howards, Dec 13, 2019.

  1. Micah Howards

    Micah Howards Active Member

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    So I am thinking of possibly doing a rattle snake in the nearish future, And I am wondering how you would skin and mount something like that? Any advice is appreciated, Thanks
     
  2. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    I start skinning around the lipline, and roll the skin back off the head, and sever the skull off when getting to the vertabrae. Then, make an incision from the vent up to about a foot short of the head. Loosen skin from the carcass to the end of the incision, and then tube skin from there to the head. Now, tube from the vent out to the rattles, and you're done. Kerby Ross is our resident expert reptile taxidermist, maybe he will chime in on some other tips.
     
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  3. msestak

    msestak Well-Known Member

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    i often wondered about the Venom sac. wouldnt their still be some Venom ? wouldnt that be a concern when dealing with this.
     
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  4. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Yes, but if you wear gloves, you'll be OK. I suspect that even if you nicked yourself, you'd be OK. When a snake bites, it pumps venom into its victim. That's not going to occur on a dead snake...just make damn sure it's dead!!!!!!!!
    Additionally, wear eye protection and don't touch your face while skinning the head. Once I sever off the skull, I invert my gloves over it, then toss. I put on a new pair of gloves to finish skinning. We can never be too safe!
     
  5. Micah Howards

    Micah Howards Active Member

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    Okay, Thank you a lot!
     
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  6. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    you can pull out the fangs also
     
  7. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Yes, correct! I detach the fangs prior to skinning the head. Beware...there are more than two. They are folded back against the roof of the mouth.