What do do with snake skin?

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  1. SouthernThunder

    SouthernThunder Well-Known Member

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    While cutting wood today I disturbed a copperhead. He was back behind me ratteling his tail in the leaves for a good 5 minutes before I noticed him. (I thought my chainsaw was making the noise!) Anyway, I was a little quicker on the draw than he and I now have a headless copperhead and one fewer 357 mag shell. In memory of this poor snake I would like to make a hat band but have never done a snake hide before. Any pointers?
     
  2. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    I never knew that copperhead rattled like that. You learn something new everyday! Never done it myself, but here is a good page for tanning a snakeskin.
     

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    cowgirlone Well-Known Member

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    If you don't have time to get to it yet, sprinkle the skin side with some salt and fold it up (skin side together). Put it in a baggie and store it in the freezer til you have time to work with it.
    Also, Tandy leather company has a great product for tanning snake skins. I've made several hat bands and belts for my DH, but it's been awhile! :)
     
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    suzyhomemaker09 Well-Known Member

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    boyers also back longbows with snakeskin for a nifty looking bow.
     
  5. SouthernThunder

    SouthernThunder Well-Known Member

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    Yep. Racers will rattle at you too if you make em nervous. Course they don't sound anything like a real rattler but they know how the system works. :)

    I'm going to follow the directions on the site you gave me. It says to use antifreeze. Never would have thought of that! :haha: