How to Taxidermy a Squirrel
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If you are curious about how to taxidermy red squirrels, you are not alone. The art of taxidermy has been practiced for almost four decades and there is a thriving industry. But before you dive in head first, you need to know a bit about this wonderful animal. First, you should know what taxidermists look for when preparing a red squirrel for mounts. While the final result may vary, these three tips will help you make the right choice for your collection.
While red squirrels have been in decline for decades due to overhunting and habitat loss, they are now making a comeback in parts of the country. They are spreading across the continent, including the islands of Wales. And, thanks to intensive conservation efforts, they now number over 400. The good news is that grey squirrels haven’t been able to infiltrate this island refuge, where the red squirrel population has risen by a third.
Fall and winter squirrels
While the upcoming seasons offer a variety of opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts, Nadeau has been pursuing this hobby for 25 years. While he no longer works full-time in his taxidermy studio, Nadeau still earns a modest profit from the animals he mounts. Nadeau has two or three mounted squirrels adorning his kitchen table. To add some variety to his work, Nadeau has recently purchased a kiln and plans to learn how to make pottery and moonshine jugs. Although he has retired from this particular field, he has never given up taxidermy completely.
Fall and winter squirrels have unique characteristics. In the past, gray squirrels were the most common species, but today, these animals are found in many different parts of the world. Taxidermists have long been concerned about preventing decomposition, and moths were a major problem in early taxidermy. Luckily, squirrel corpses are relatively easy to find, making them a perfect choice for first-timers.
Before taxidermying your squirrel tail, you must make an incision in the squirrel’s back. Using a scalpel or popsicle stick, begin the incision and flesh the base of the tail down a quarter of an inch. Pull back the hide of the tail to reveal the base of the tailbone. Pull the skin of the tail away from the body of the squirrel while keeping the tail attached.
You can either use a dry preserve it by tanned. A tanned tail is more durable and practical than a preserved tail made of salt and borax. You can preserve the entire tail, or just the ‘tail’ portion. Either way, taxidermying a squirrel’s tail is an excellent way to showcase your furry friend’s beauty. Once it’s dried, you can hang it from a wall.
Preserving taxidermy pelt
There are several steps to take when preparing a squirrel pelt for taxidermy. One of them is tannaging it. You can use it as a wall hanging, or you can turn it into a coat, hat, or even a comforter. Regardless of whether you plan to display the pelt in a museum or hang it on your wall as a piece of décor, you must carefully prepare the pelt for tannizing.
First, you should open the pelt and reveal the skin. If it’s a Case Skinned pelt, place the skin side out. Allow the pelt to dry for two or three days, depending on how large it is. Then, begin to pull sections of the skin. This will help the leather fibers break and the pelt will become softer and more malleable.
Skinning a squirrel
Before you begin the process of taxidermy, you must first skin a squirrel. This means taking off its feet and tail. Then you can split its pelvis and pull out the entire pelt. The back legs can be removed later. The skin is then ready for taxidermy. Once the tail is removed, you can attach it to the body of the animal with a flexible urethane tail mannikin.
For best results, your animal should be dead for several days before you begin. If it was just caught a few days ago, you’ll have to waste a lot of blood. It may not have been handled well. It is not necessary to be an expert in animal anatomy to complete this process. Once you have the animal dead, prepare it for taxidermy by skinning it, and use a flexible urethane tail mannikin to mount the animal.
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Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.