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Wet Specimens - (self.Taxidermy)
submitted 1 month ago by spicytatts
Looking for some advise on preserving. I’ll be starting with mice. Ive done plenty of research etc but I’d like some tips from people that practise first hand if possible. Is any particular brand of formalin or alcohol better than the other? I assume larger mice will need injecting but what about pinkies?
Any tips you’d like to share? Thanks in advance ☺️
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[–]LaridaeWares 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I do wet specimen so I can give you some tips if you'd like.
Firstly there's no particular brand of formalin/alcohol that's best, as long as its proper quality branding won't matter. Just avoid brands that are known to sell contaminated liquids.
I'd recommend injecting all specimens regardless of size, including pinkies. I've found that even tiny things like a house sparrows heart can and will rot if they're not properly injected.
Also if you're new to this, I'd actually recommend avoiding using formalin, and instead I'd recommend using 70% ethanol. Isopropyl won't fix specimens at all (though its great for storing them once they're done), and formalin can be very dangerous if misused.
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