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Tanning A Python Skin Help

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Has anyone attempted to tan their own snake skin? I've been researching through youtube mainly and found that practically all the tutorials are on rattlesnakes. I recently purchased three python skins from a taxidermist who only wanted the bones. I am attempting to tan them myself. So far I have only started with one to see if I can figure it out. 

Has anyone tanned both a rattlesnake and a python? The skins I got were not exactly "tube peeled" and so there is a very large band of tissue running down the spine. I tried to flesh it as best as I could. I got the fascia off for the most part but this band seems to be something else. At times I was able to get a bit lifted up and peeled off but in some areas no matter how much I scraped it would not come up. It was getting to the point where I began cutting some holes in the skin. I ended up leaving it on and I'm hoping that it works out. I put it in the tanning solution (50/50 isopropyl/glycerine), shook it twice a day for a week, and just pulled it out today to dry. In the video I watched the guy mentioned that when I pull it out I shouldn't smell anything but the isopropyl alcohol. I smelled the alcohol but there was also a hint of ... a death smell... not rotting, but dead. Have I totally messed it up? 

Should that smell have dissipated in the alcohol/glycerin solution? 

Here's the vid I watched on the solution portion: 

 

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I used that method with a cleaned dried corn snake skin and it worked ok. If I had to do it again I'd get one of the rep tan kits instead. 

I bought some home tanned boa skins that were not well tanned, stiff but usable for some smaller craft projects. There were similar fleshy parts along the spine and parts of the sides. I suspect that the constrictors either have thicker muscles there or have extra muscles that non-constrictors do not.  I soaked in lubristretch 2000 http://shop.trubondtanning.com/Lubri-Stretch-2000-Quart-LS2000qt.htm and was able then to work the skins softer and when the fleshy parts had soaked up enough, then scrape and peel off the stuck bits. 

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11 hours ago, Tiara said:

I used that method with a cleaned dried corn snake skin and it worked ok. If I had to do it again I'd get one of the rep tan kits instead. 

I bought some home tanned boa skins that were not well tanned, stiff but usable for some smaller craft projects. There were similar fleshy parts along the spine and parts of the sides. I suspect that the constrictors either have thicker muscles there or have extra muscles that non-constrictors do not.  I soaked in lubristretch 2000 http://shop.trubondtanning.com/Lubri-Stretch-2000-Quart-LS2000qt.htm and was able then to work the skins softer and when the fleshy parts had soaked up enough, then scrape and peel off the stuck bits. 

awesome! I will see if I can get ahold of some of that stuff. Right now my biggest concern is the smell. It has disappated some but do you know if that will go away? Does the lubristretch help with that?

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