Over the last 6 years, I've killed more than my share of rattlesnakes. After we've buried or thrown out each one, we always say "We should have skinned it!" or "We should try cooking it!"
After dragging it out from under the deck, we decided to skin it, so we looked up information on the net (where were we before the internet???)
My wonderful and adventurous hubby sharpened his knife and went to work. He cut off the head and tail where I had stabbed it. We didn't want to mess around with the fangs and getting out the venom, too hazardous for our first try. Some day, though, I envision having a cowboy hat with snake skin wrapped around it with the head and rattles crossing in the front.
Made a slit up its belly as neatly as he could (found out that my kitchen shears did a much better job than the steak knife).
Pulling gently, he removed the meat from the skin.
I got a board and some little nails, push tacks would work well, too. I laid the skin out on a 2"x4" and tacked it in place, upside down. It reminded me of science class, pinning down the frog we were going to dissect.
The internal organs and shape of the muscles, etc were pretty interesting. I didn't know it was shaped like a "C", I thought it was a solid tube!
I'll let the skin dry for a couple of days and see how it comes out!