Objects and Stories

Snake Skins

All of these snake skins were seized by HM Revenue & Customs from people who were trying to bring them into the country illegally.  HM Customs often loans objects like these to museums to be used for educational purposes.


Indian Rat Snake 

This tanned, blackish snake skin is leathery to touch and would have been used to make small goods like belts, shoes and purses.


African Rock Python

This large tanned and patterned snake skin is also leathery to touch and would have been used to make bigger goods like handbags.



This snake skin has been dried out and is not tanned, so it is far more delicate than the other skins. These are often sold as decorative items to tourists.

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