We hate to kill snakes, but occasionally it is necessary. When we kept our rabbits in a colony, non-venomous snakes would frequently get in and eat whole litters of babies. Even if you relocate it, it will often find its way back to such a succulent food source. Also, if we find a rattlesnake near the house or barn, we will kill it. Respect and awe for the creature does not override fear for our kids.
On the few occasions we have had to kill a snake, we have tanned their hide to preserve its supple beauty. It’s easy to do and well worth it.
Board, wide and long enough to fit the skin
Pins or small nails
You can now use your snakeskin for a hatband, belt or anything else where you want a little extra decoration.