I,ve come across an old timber rattler that is completly washed out. It is old and a very large snake deserving of being saved. Is it possible to paint these creatures ?
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Your mount may have been preserved without painting the finished mount, and the color went. A properly mounted specimen will be painted with light fast colors that should last several lifetimes.
many reptiles do not need to be painted aftre mounting. Pythons, collubrids ect except for the modeled or repaired areas keep al their color, and a good sealer coat will bring back all the lustre to the coloration of the hide. Rattlesnakes especially if they have had a recent shed, do not need a paint jb to retain color. Same results as above. if the outer epidrmal layer slips like on monitors ecte ct, then yur tones will have to be rehighlited to bring back the rich natural tones. It all depends on which preservation method you are using also.Like all things in taxidermy, it depends on the subject matter at hand. a generalized idea FOR ALL SPECIES IS INCORRECT!