how to dry a dead snake

September 3, 2010

I found a little serpent in the driveway of the farm last time we went out to walk the paths. The Catholic lawyers ran him over, and he was good and dead by the time I discovered his carcass lying still in the dirt.

No more than nine inches total, just a baby probably, a life cut short by an early-model Florida-plated Chrysler 300. Florida. Chrysler. Catholics. It does not get any worse than that.

But he was so near-intact that I thought maybe I could preserve him and put him on a shelf for looking and wonder and study. I brought him home and put him in a tupperware to bake him dry out in the sun.

Callous as hell, it probably seems, but really, I’m mostly sure he won’t really mind. And too, my goal is reverence, not profanity. Being as spirit-forward as he is, he can probably read my meaning better than most of you meatsacks.

dead snake preservation technique

There's a chance I may still get into heaven yet.

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1 dave brentnall October 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I have also found a dead snake today, have you found out how to dry the snake? if you have do you mind telling me?

2 steve October 7, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Hi Dave,

I admit that my efforts were not entirely successful. The moisture from the snake remained in the container, and that probably contributed to what became a good deal of grossness. My advice, as a complete novice in this area, would be to put it out in the hot sun, with some sort of protection like glass, but allow for air circulation, so that the moisture can escape.

good luck!

3 rae June 28, 2014 at 4:50 pm

just read your post from many (? – is four “many”? well – in this day-and-age-yes) years ago…i was googling how to dry out a snake.
your writing about Forida and chryslers charmed me. i am still endeavoring to learn how to dry my dear dead snaklette.

4 jl September 21, 2020 at 8:24 pm

Now forward 2020. Plenty of dea snake. I,very tried three times to dehydrate the rattlers I’ve sent on came close once. I suppose a critter carried it off. Laid them in the direct sun and open air. Most likely faster if their body fluids were drained. (maybe in a wire rabbit cage, wire)

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