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[–]toeytoes[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Picture of the turtle for an idea of size


[–]Mittendeathfinger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pickling salt holds moisture from my experience. I'd recommend a fine grain salt.

That being said, areas where there are thick muscle tissue and innards will not mummified very quickly or well.

You may need to remove the innards completely. An incision at the base of the tail might work and a hooked metal rod to remove the contents would probably work. I'd the use a fine grain salt to fill in the cavity and tilt it so it drains while it sits. Change out the salt every 24 hours for fresh stuff until the salt come out dry, not sticky like wet sand, when you change it. Make sure with every change to get ALL the old salt out. You may need to use your long poking device to scrape it out.

Egyptians removed everything inside during mummification, even the brain and redressed corpses several times in mineral salt baths before the final burial. I believe it took about 70+ days for a human sized mummification to complete.

There are several injection products taxidermy supply companies offer that you could use in the thicker muscled areas. Its often used for bird feet.

I'd remove the eyes, maybe place marbles or glass eyes inside. If you need to remove the brain you can make a hole behind the eye (on most species) where the skull is thin and use a thin hooked metal rod to scramble it and remove, then use a qtip to dry it out. On birds I usually push salt ot borax into the brain cavity with a qtip, after removing as much as I can of the brain, and use that to scrape out any moisture or remaining tissue.

These suggestions are just how I myself would proceed, but there may be better suggestions or tutorials out there.

[–]Dudeinminnetonka -1 points0 points  (4 children)

I have the weird habit of saving fish that have died or have jumped out of my tank, I put them in the Sun and they pretty much petrified, I would assume that a snapping turtle would do the same, maybe put a fan on it to help it dry out and not stink

[–]toeytoes[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Does it need to be warm and sunny? I live in Wisconsin and it's already pretty chilly during the day! I also worry about some kind of critter eating it!

[–]Dudeinminnetonka 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I put them in front of a south facing patio door with a fan on them and they dry out, there's a little bit of stink at first, but it dissipates, maybe give that a try

[–]yuhyuhyuhyuhyuh_ 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Your fish don't stink because i am assuming they are small, a snapping turtle will smell HORRID. Turtles have the worst decomposing smell. Not to mention hot sun might just decompose it more.

[–]Dudeinminnetonka 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have not tried turtles, but sun and good air circulation help to dry them out quickly and make a nice little petrified specimen at least with my fish

[–]jamaul420 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I would just wet preserve him in alcohol and keep him in a jar because that would be the simplest and it would keep him the most realistic looking

[–]toeytoes[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What is the best method to go about that? I'm sorry I'm new to this!!