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extract skeleton from smal (dead) animal Answered

i want to dissolve the flesh & preserve the skeleton of a small snake - i have consulted this site re: skinning the snake, & was wondering what was the easiest/best way to be rid of the flesh - perhaps simply boiling it away? any help here appreciated - also interested in skulls & skeletons of mice/rats. -thanks queentopaz5@yahoo.com

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srikar06
srikar06

13 years ago

i would go with putting it on an ant mound. they really clean out the bones

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uguy
uguy

13 years ago

Here in the South we have a favorite and convenient method of doing this. We have plenty of sometimes large red ant or fire ant mounds. Simply deposit the dead animal on the mound and check back in a few days. Bones will be cleaned very nicely. Just use caution upon removal.

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royalestel
royalestel

13 years ago

Knew some kids that boiled away the flesh from the head of a wildcat. Also a professor that had to boil away the flesh from a decapitated head, so he could reconstruct the face for the FBI. Which was really wierd. Or Weird.

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royalestel
royalestel

Reply 13 years ago

Oh yeah, might want to PM Canida about this. She's the resident taxidermy expert.

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Patrik
Patrik

13 years ago

I've heard that burying inside a mesh bag works pretty well too. You'll want something with pores large enough to let insects, beetles, worms, ants etc through, but fine enough so you don't lose any of the bones. May be a bit tricky for very small animals. Maybe a baggie made out of window screen mesh?

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

13 years ago

boiling would probably be best