Fish Filler

Submitted by Asher on 8/6/04 at 11:14 AM. ( )

I have read the Breakthrough reptile taxidermy book about 5 times now, and I have watched Tom's video a couple times and have a question about using the "filler" method on snakes. Rather than purchasing a commercial manniken couldn't you build an armature
using a couple of wires, sew the snake tail up about 2-3" and start filling and continue to sew as you go until you get the head at which point you would have a commercial head attached to the armature. The book does not talk about this but if you tanned your skin shouldn't this work?


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This response submitted by wetnwild on 8/6/04 at 11:47 AM. ( )

My friend Evelyn Mills of texas who by the way won a first palce ribbon at the Nationals this year( hoorah) mounts her snakes climbing through antlers in the way you describe. i am sure if you e-mail her at, she would be more than happy to share her experise with you. she also has a few arcticles on using this method at the taxidrermy reference site. Just food for thought!

Thanks Tom

This response submitted by Asher on 8/6/04 at 11:54 AM. ( )

Thanks Again Tom, I'll e-mail her and see what she has ... by the way I sent you another e-mail back on that cobra.


fish filler?

This response submitted by mike on 8/6/04 at 11:57 AM. ( )

I guess we are talking about fish filler?


This response submitted by Asher on 8/6/04 at 12:00 PM. ( )

The fish filler is how I'll be doing a croc here in a couple of weeks and got to thinking why it wouldn't work for snakes.



This response submitted by mike on 8/6/04 at 12:44 PM. ( )

Asher will you be building an armature for the croc also, or just use straight filler?


This response submitted by Asher on 8/6/04 at 12:50 PM. ( )

I will use an armature for the croc. It's a small croc 31" and will be posed in and agressive pose legs out head up so I'll need the extra support. I will also place a small block of wood in the belly area as I fill it so that I have something to attach it to the base.


You guys crack me up!

This response submitted by JL on 8/7/04 at 4:44 PM. ( )

We were mounting things this way 50 years ago, then came the foam bodies.....and now back to the old way. Gotta love it....LOL


This response submitted by wetnwild on 8/7/04 at 8:13 PM. ( )

I saw the snake you mounted, you should take lessons from these guys LOL

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