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Usually they get black as they get older with a white belly but they do have a pattern. this pattern can be hard to see but it is there. They are a fairly long snake too which is nice for limbs. I guess what I really should be looking for is Copperheads as they are around this part of Arkansas pretty good. I have a couple of Timber Rattler snake skins but they are too big and the pattern would be wasted on a narrow bow like a longbow. We have some beautiful Speckled King snakes but we never hurt them. it would take a huge copperhead to make one limb but they can be stretched some. There are some water snakes that might look good too. My dad was reaching in a box in his shop to get something and ended up with a handful of rat snake. He turned loose real quick like when he realized that he had a snake in his hand. Grabbing a handful of snake when grabbing bales of hay was always an eye opener. 
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Two medium size skins joined at the handle is often better, the pattern is more visible than one large snake. Here bull snakes and priarie Rattlers are perfect size to use two.
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yes a smaller snake especially one that has just recently shed has a better tighter pattern. I actually fell on a huge Timber rattle snake last fall. I was dragging out a big doe and was in the middle of some timber left over decomposing matter that the timber company had piled up to rot down. I struggle to walk anyways and use a walking stick always. I never saw the snake and it may have been buried in some of the deep stuff. This mess was like quicksand for me and I went down hard. I managed to get free of the drag strap and the walking stick but I couldn't get my feet under me for sinking deeper into the mess.                                                                                                     I was trying to lift myself up when I realized that this huge head was sticking out just out from my armpit. I have killed enough of them to know what they are and recognized it as the biggest one that I had ever seen. I have two skins on my walls from snakes that were over 5 and a half feet long and this one made them look smaller. It had been a chilly morning at daylight but this was about 10:30. He kept his head up high the whole time but never turned it back towards me. I raised up as much as I could so that it could crawl out and it very very very slowly inched it's way out. I got to watch every little bot of it as it slowly made it's way out. I tried to get my phone out to get a picture or film it as it did but kept messing up using just one hand. Finally I could see the beginning of the the dark blueish black tail (Why we call them coontails) and then the rattles popped out and up high.                                                                             It crawled only about two feet from me and stopped stretched out fully. I managed to roll over to the side and finally get up. I had previously texted my wife and told her that I was struggling to get this deer dragged back up the ridge so she had left work to come help me. Now I texted her that I had fallen on a big rattlesnake so she was flying.  She had never seen a snake that big in the wild and was shocked that it didn't bite me and I didn't kill it. But at the time, all I could think about was the story about Daniel and the angels keeping the lions' mouths shut. If it had decided to bite me, it would have been in the face, throat or neck area and I would have died before anyone ever found me. She couldn't believe that I was still standing within three feet of it but it was just sunning now. It was there for at least 45 minutes before we got the deer moved up to the road above. yeah, very blessed man
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