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elizw
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« on: May 19, 2008, 06:18:22 PM »

Ok. I'm going to dissect and "clean up" an Armadillo soon (I don't have it yet)- but I don't know what the exterior is made of.
 
Question: Is the exterior, a "shell" and bone like? After I dissect it, can I clean the exterior as if it were bone?
Or does it get tanned ?
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2008, 06:44:32 PM »

The armor is not like a bone.  You will have to skin it and tan it.  It is like a hard skin.  When I did part of an amadillo, I skinned it and then used an ulu knife and a jim hall style flesher to remove the fat type stuff on the shell.  It was not too hard but it was kind of time consuming.
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2008, 06:06:51 PM »

In the North American nine-banded armadillo there is bone plates within the skin on the body proper, much like the bony plates within a crocodilian skin on the mid-back. There is a layer of keratin type material covering the surface which gives it a sheen and color. I believe that the tail portion is only keratinaceous material and no bone is involved, but it is as hard as deer hooves. Extracting the bone undamaged in the tail region is not easy - get a series of chisels handy or a small saw.
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2008, 05:11:40 PM »

the shell and tail is made of bone


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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2008, 12:35:13 AM »

Is that cleaned with beetles Gator Dun.
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2008, 10:28:09 PM »

Y'all do know that there is some evidence that shows that Armodillos are carriers of Leprosy, right.  I've heard that for years.  A friend of mine shot one in Georgia, brought it to Tennessee to have it mounted, but the taxidermist wouldn't touch it because of this.  See this link  http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a990219.html
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2008, 04:01:15 PM »

gohunt - that has floated around for years...  dunno the validity of it ...

we used to hunt them in the roadsides in the early 70s in the dunellon area of Fl...  not bad eating if cooked right...  was not into taxidermy at the time   too young..  am looking forward to getting back to the area though...  fill the freezer with good specimens etc..

contact Gravity Kills - her daughter just cleaned up at the CAT convention...  the little one should be able to answer questions on doing the dillo...

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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2008, 03:48:26 PM »

Yes they are the only thing besides humans to carry it,  so what??
There is also anthrax in the dirt in Texas and I have no idea what kind of crap comes in the crates from Africa.
As to mounting,, it ain't brain  surgery , skin it, scrape it and use dry perservative.  The ears need to be set with something to retain there shape.
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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2008, 07:49:47 PM »

yeah travis i used beetles to clean these armadillos  i tried maceration but the shell and tail fell apart to a million pieces, the seem to hold up  just fine though soaking in peroxide fo a few days. 
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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2008, 01:34:03 AM »

Gator, That is a cool shell. Have you tried to do a complet Armadillo skeleton with the shell ? Dean
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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2008, 04:56:52 PM »

thanks dean ive done a few complete aramadillo skeletons heres some pics


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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2008, 05:00:15 PM »

another


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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2008, 11:31:35 PM »

Wow. Gator, I'm impressed. Those are really cool.   :)  That is, essentially, what I had in mind.

So, after I'm done pulling the thing apart, can I just clean it up like I would any other skull?  I do not have any beatles...

You mention that the exterior is very fragile? Tips? Advice?  Maceration with warm water is not good?

Any tips would be great.

Thanks

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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2008, 01:22:15 AM »

Thanks for the photos Gator.  You did a great job. It looks very nice.   Dean
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« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2008, 09:43:19 PM »

Gator after seeing all your skeletons I have to once again say you are amazing.
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