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Discussion in 'Reptile Taxidermy' started by ARUsher, Oct 7, 2020.

  1. ARUsher

    ARUsher Active Member

    I have a friend that has had a lot of rattlesnakes on his property lately. He had a pet bit by one the other night. He would like for me to try mounting one for him. Question I have is what is a good and safe way to dispatch one without destroying it. Any help is appreciated.

    Thank you!
  2. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

    Put it in the freezer alive ... overnight.


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  3. ARUsher

    ARUsher Active Member

    Thank you for the reply Kerby. I am not sure he is brave enough to catch one but will pass this info along to him.

    Thanks again!
  4. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

    for quite a few nights........
  5. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    They are relatively easy to catch actually. They are not nearly as aggressive as some other snakes - like cottonmouths. If he’s concerned about handling it, tell him to use a stiff rake to scoop him up into a trash bag. Roll it up and pop him in the freezer like Kirby said. I usually leave them a couple of days, but overnight will likely do the trick.
  6. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Be sure and contain it well before placing in the freezer. You would think they would coil up when freezing to death...but noooo...you'll have a snake-sicle entangled around everything in the freezer!
  7. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Freeze as above. Do NOT take the chance of getting bit. If you get the critter into a trash bag, I would not handle it or get it anywhere near you or any body part unless you are handling it with very heavy gloves and only by the wound together top of the bag. A rattler can easily strike and puncture the bag anywhere. Could easily be your hand or even your leg if the bag gets close to it. A random strike can still find a target accidentally.
  8. We always put copperheads in a cotton sack or cloth feed sack in the freezer never no problem 24 hours gone with the wind
  9. ARUsher

    ARUsher Active Member

    Thanks for the tips everyone.