/r/Taxidermy

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Taxidermy & preservation.

Hello! This subreddit is for all things related to taxidermy and preservation.

Most of your questions can be answered over at Taxidermy.net. There are years of information archived there, but feel free to ask questions here if you can't find anything or if you need further advice :)

You may also be interested in r/bonecollecting.

/r/Taxidermy

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Can I get my real coyote tail wet?

I was wondering about this since i like strapping the tails to my belt loops on my shorts but if i hve to can it get wet? the leather is a bit brittle But the leather tore a bit im planning to sow it but can it get wet? tell me pls.

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2024/06/10
17:55 UTC

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preserving horns without removing them from the skull?? is this possible

for context, i have a pair or cattle horns still on their bone, but not much of it, just swath for fastening the horns when persevered. i am going to be mounting them on the front of my motorbike when the horns are dried out fully. currently they are soaking in cold water while clean the bone fully. afterward i plan to pour 40% fermeldehyde through the holes in the back of the bone, down into each horn shaft, letting each side sit for some time. some thorough drying time in the sun, a quick polish, am i missing anything? you might be able to guess i am lacking experience, you’re correct- advice or thoughts welcome

2 Comments
2024/06/10
17:52 UTC

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McKenzie v. Pro-1 Brush on Tanning Oil

Has anyone tried both? Which do you prefer, or are they pretty comparable?

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2024/06/10
09:37 UTC

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Anybody selling in Florida?

Anybody selling any pieces in Florida? In Tampa area but willing to travel

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2024/06/10
02:18 UTC

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How rare are taxidermy peacocks?

I recently bought a taxidermy peacock and have gotten a lot more demand than expected for it. How rare are these?

2 Comments
2024/06/10
02:17 UTC

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Crow Taxidermy

Hello! I want to taxidermy my own Crow mounts for personal decoration. I live in Ohio and we do have Crow seasons and there is not a bag limit on crows. My main concern with mounting my own crow is the MBTA (Migratory Bird Treaty Act). Based off what I have read on it, you would have to have a permit to have a taxidermist mount it however if you mount it yourself you would not need a permit. Am I correct with this? I really would like to avoid a situation where I mount a bird and follow the legal process incorrectly. Any help is greatly appreciated or even some tips on mounting them (if I am allowed to). Thank you!

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2024/06/10
01:19 UTC

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Taxidermy raccoon skull completely vanished

Ok so I found a freshly dead coon on the side of the road. I put him in a small animal trap and submerged him in water for about 2 months.

Yesterday I dumped out the bones and there is no intact skull. There are only the jaw bones.

How on earth did this happen?

It's all vertebrae and random skinny bones were there. BUT NO SKULL.

please help. I'm flabbergasted.

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2024/06/09
21:45 UTC

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Advice on salamander wet specimen

I’m new to taxidermy so I just want some advice on creating a wet specimen for a salamander. Been cleaning out the family pool and noticed some small dead salamanders floating on the top. I’ve heard to inject the specimen with a fixative such as formalin and then place it posed in a jar filled of the fixative for a few days. After that, put it in a glass jar filled with diluted isopropyl or ethanol alcohol.

Does this sound like a correct process? Just want to be sure before I do anything. Any key differences between isopropyl vs ethanol alcohol? Should I get glass jars that screw shut or is there something specific I need?

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2024/06/09
19:58 UTC

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Unmounted/preserved giant millipede sources?

I have a friend at work who will be leaving for college soon and something we've kind of connected over is bugs. She told me a while back that she really wants a framed giant millipede. So as a going away present I'd really like to get her one and frame it. Does anyone have a good source for any unmounted giant millipedes? I've been looking around for a little while now and can't seem to find what I'm after. They're either already mounted and the seller wants an arm and a leg for them or they aren't the size I'm looking for or grade I'm looking for. Any leads would be appreciated.

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2024/06/09
14:43 UTC

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Moth problem

I have noticed more moths in my home lately and wanted to know of any good sprays to protect my mounts and what I have display in my curio cabinet.

4 Comments
2024/06/09
05:24 UTC

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Salt stuck on bird skins

Salt stuck on my two preserved bird skins , any tips for removing ? Did blow dryer on low & cool , and a dry hard brush - got most off but some on the heads remaining any advice ?

2 Comments
2024/06/09
02:32 UTC

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Wet Specimen REEKS

I have a several year old ball python wet specimen that absolutely reeks. I purchased it from someone online along with a few others and don’t have any issues with those. The best way to describe it is fish and rotting fruit smell. Originally preserved in formalin and stored in 70% iso. I just moved and the jar leaked a little and I got reminded of how awful it is. The specimen itself has held up well - no disintegration or anything, the iso just seems to turn colors sooner than any of my others. I’m so close to just throwing it out, so any suggestions or help is much appreciated.

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2024/06/09
01:12 UTC

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Photo request of hare skeleton

Hello, I'm currently putting a hare skeleton back together, but some parts are tough to find photo references of. Does anyone have a hare skeleton they can send me some photos of to help me out?

Side note, advice is also appreciated as this is the first skeleton I'm putting together.

2 Comments
2024/06/08
21:13 UTC

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