Cleaning the bones and inside of a turtle shell

Submitted by Leigh on 05/27/2004 at 13:01. ( ) 66.225.68.8

I found a turtle shell with the bones laying in it and I am hoping to clean up the shell and bones. It is still a little "wet" on the inside and it still smells. What can I use to clean it and get rid of the smell? Bleach? Peroxide? And, how long will it take? Thanks, Leigh.

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Your On The Right Track

This response submitted by Jeremy on 06/05/2004 at 23:41. ( ) 12.158.109.69

Leigh,
I usually use a mixture of bleach and water, about a 50/50 ratio. You can either put the shell into the mixture and sumerge it, Or your can brush the mixture on with a paint brush.(Depends on if you want to keep the outer shell intact, if you sumerge it the coloring will flake off and leave a white shell) If you brush on the mixture, repeat the process about 5 or 6 times, letting dry each time, then let it sit tin the sun for a while, (Always seems whiter that way.) That should do it.
-Jeremy


Your On The Right Track

This response submitted by Jeremy on 06/05/2004 at 23:42. ( ) 12.158.109.69

Leigh,
I usually use a mixture of bleach and water, about a 50/50 ratio. You can either put the shell into the mixture and sumerge it, Or your can brush the mixture on with a paint brush.(Depends on if you want to keep the outer shell intact, if you sumerge it the coloring will flake off and leave a white shell) If you brush on the mixture, repeat the process about 5 or 6 times, letting dry each time, then let it sit tin the sun for a while, (Always seems whiter that way.) That should do it.
-Jeremy


Cleaning turtle shell

This response submitted by Loren Johnson on 06/26/2004 at 01:16. ( lorenelmer@yahoo.com ) 208.38.100.168

After cutting as much meat as I can from a snapping turtle I have set them on a real active Ant hill they will clean them out over a period of a week or two without all the chemicels and not damageing shell. Good luck LJ


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