How To Skin A Snake And Preserve Skin

This blog post will teach you how to skin a snake and preserve the skin for future use. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your snake skin will be in good condition for years to come.

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1. Introduction

reptiles have been hunted and trapped for their skins since the prehistoric era. The skin of a snake or alligator can be used to make a variety of items, including clothing, drums, rugs and wallets. In order to preserve the skin, you must first remove it from the reptile and then treat it with salt.

2. How to Skin a Snake
In order to remove the skin from a snake, you will need:
-A sharp knife
-A large container
-Plenty of salt
First, make a cut around the snake’s head, just behind the eyes. Then, insert your fingers under the skin and peel it away from the meat. Be careful not to puncture the skin. Continue peeling until the entire skin has been removed.
Once the skin is off, throw it into the container and cover it with salt. Let it sit for 24 hours before removing it and rinsing it off with cold water. The skin is now ready to be used for whatever purpose you desire.

What You Will Need

-A sharp knife
-A cutting board
-A garbage can or bag for the carcass and guts
-An ice chest or freezer for storing the skin
-Salt (noniodized)

First, cut off the snake’s head. Next, make a small cut just below the vent (anal opening). Be careful not to puncture the intestine. Reach in and pull out the intestine and other entrails while they are still attached to the vent. Withdraw them completely, taking care not to break them. The entrails and carcass can be disposed of now. If you are going to save the meat, cut it into manageable pieces and place it in the ice chest. If you are not going to use the meat, dispose of the carcass as well.

The Process Of Skinning The Snake

The process of skinning the snake is not difficult, but it does require some care and attention. First, make sure you have the proper tools on hand. You will need a sharp knife a pair of pliers, and a container to hold the snake skin. If you have never preserved a snake skin before, you may also want to purchase some preservative solution from your local taxidermist or sporting goods store.

Next, locate the head of the snake and make a small incision behind the jawbone with your knife. This will allow you to insert the pliers and get a good grip on the skin. Slowly and carefully begin peeling the skin away from the meat of the snake, taking care not to rip or tear it. Once you have peeled the skin away from one side of the snake, flip it over and repeat the process on the other side.

Once both sides of the snake have been skinned, cut off any excess meat or fat that is still attached to the skin. Again, be careful not to damage or puncture the skin. Finally, soak the snake skin in preservative solution overnight (or for at least 12 hours), then rinse it off with clean water. Allow it to dry completely before storing it in a cool, dry place

How To Preserve The Snake Skin

The snake’s skin is its largest organ. It is also the part of the snake that people are usually most interested in, for a variety of reasons. Whether you want to preserve the skin of a snake you’ve killed for food, or you’ve found a shed skin and want to keep it as a souvenir, there are a few things you need to do to properly preserve it.

The first thing you need to do is remove any flesh that may still be attached to the skin. This can be done by scraping it off with a knife, or by decomposing it by soaking the skin in salt water for a few days.
After the flesh has been removed, you need to dry the skin. This can be done by hanging it in the sun, or by using a commercial leather drying agent.
Once the skin is dry, you need to treat it with a preservative. This will help to prevent mold and bacteria from growing on the skin, and will also help to prevent the skin from decaying. Some common preservative agents include tannic acid, alum, salt, and borax.
After the preservative has been applied, you need to store the skin in a cool, dry place If possible, store it in an airtight container to further prevent mold and bacteria from growing on it.


In conclusion, it is best to skin a snake as soon as possible after it is killed. This will prevent the skin from being damaged and will make it easier to preserve. Be sure to sterilize your knife and hands before starting, and work carefully to avoid puncturing the skin. With a little practice, anyone can learn how to skin and preserve a snake hide.