My boyfriend's caiman recently passed away and he's decided that he wants to stuff it himself...we're wondering if you can do that and are in need of some instruction on how to go about it (procedures, chemicals etc.). Any tips would be appreciated!
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Now if you'd like to have it mounted, the answer is yes. But to the questions about what your boyfriend needs, I say probably 5 to 10 years experience. "Stuffing" things isn't rocket science, but it does take some amount of experience that can't be taught by giving you a list of equipment and chemicals. His best bet is to take it to a competent taxidermist and have it done professionally.
I agree with George, take it to a taxidermist. If your boyfriend wants to do the job, he has to do alot of research before he mounts it. And then if the critter means that much to him, he better find a practice crock to learn on first. "I want to stuff my Caiman" is like saying- I want to be a Dr. and do an operation tomorrow. But if he realy wants do go forward with this idea, try to find a video on mounting a caimen or aligator/crock. Then try for figure out what lingo the taxidermist is useing on the video. Your boyfriend can do it, but not without weeks,days and hours of gathering and learning first. Take it to the taxidermist. It is always cheaper to pay someone else to take your engin out of you car, than to do it your self, if you dont know what a wrench is.
Ok...thanks so much for the advice guys but as you know, boys will be boys and ignore their girlfriends! He went ahead and took out the insides of it...did it in one cut and now the caiman is laying flat with a bunch of salt on it. It actually looks pretty good. But what the heck can he do with this thing?
Sounds to me like he is well on his way to mummifying it, the same way I start with a lot of my reptile mummies. Chances are he has already done more harm than good if he planned on keeping it looking alive.
Thanks for your response MJS...is there anything he can do with it now? It looks surprisingly good...it's flat on a table right now...he managed to do everything with just one cut...can it be saved/mummified?
I am sending an email to the address you have listed here with some options and details. Be looking for it. Mummifying can be much easier than trying to keep a lifelike look.
so is it dune?
So is it dune?
How did it go?
cool it is dune nice