Making Massssks From Florida Python Skin

A Florida craftsman has come up with a novel way of tackling both the coronavirus pandemic and the problem of invasive pythons and iguanas that damage the state's fragile ecosystem. Brian Woods, the 63-year-old owner of All American Gator Products, has turned his hand to designing face masks made out reptile skin. "I took something that's very serious and turned it into a fashion statement," he said at his workshop in Dania Beach, 25 miles north of Miami. Woods got his inspiration from a curious source — a meme he saw of a horse wearing a woman's bra as a face mask. He asked his wife if he could borrow one of hers to test whether the concept would work. He now sells python skin face masks on his Facebook page for $90. Woods says he uses a carbon-coated MERV filter — the kind your air conditioner uses — over which he stretches the snake skin. The mask has been tested it for seal, breathing and hygiene, but it is not FDA approved. “This is not for medical use,” Wood says. "This is just for individuals, people who want to wear something nice out. I want there to be as much bling as possible.”