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Discussion in 'Reptile Taxidermy' started by gus, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. gus

    gus New Member

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    I tried using the the search option and came up empty so I'm going to ask.
    This morning I found a dead gulf coast toad and decided to mount it.
    My question is what is the best way to mount a toad, from beginning to end.

    Thanks.
     
  2. psycho

    psycho 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONS!

    Freeze it for a little while. One of the members here, Tom Voyer has been filming DVDS with Joe Kullis Productions and they will be releasing a DVD with the instructions start to finish on critters like that I believe. I'm sure the videos will be released shortly and I know the quality will be phenomenal and will help you. Dan
     

  3. Nope, sorry dan, no toads Lol They are a pain in the butt to do, and really not anything I would want to show on a video unless you wanted to see lots of vulgarity LOl I have mounted a few even some of the giant african ones, and I can tell you, unless you really know what you are doing GUS, do not even think about it. Even for their size, I would charge you 400.00 for it. Call Joe Kulis and have it freeze dried. Tell him I said to call. He would do a great job!!
    tom
     
  4. gus

    gus New Member

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    Thank you for the replies, this toad was just something to mess around with.
    One other thing I noticed about this toad is that it secreted a white milky substance
    from it head (ear area) it reminded me of a cane toad, not native to this area but are poisonous.
    I looked it up and got two different results: it is poisonous and it's not poisonous.
    Does any one out there know for sure.

    Thanks.
     
  5. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

    Gus

    Gus, where are you located? In Arizona we have the Colorado Rivier Toad (people sniff those to get a high). Most toads have a defense mechanism where they excrete a mild toxin. What determines "venomous" ? In snakes we have a lot of species that are considered non-venomous but in fact inject a mild venom to subdue their prey. A lot of spiders are considered non-venomous but in fact inject venom to subdue their prey. So a lot of toads ARE VENOMOUS. Are they deadly ? :) Not in North America, but there are some in other countries.

    I would wear latex gloves though, but I do on just about anything I skin.

    Kerby...
     
  6. jeremy

    jeremy Have you hugged your snake today!

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    Heck pose it freeze and cast it for a reproduction and paint. Ive been meaning to catch a frog and try that for a snake habitat scene
     
  7. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

    Jeremy

    Jeremy, I'm going to do that as soon as it rains again. The Spadefoot toads will be everywhere. I'm going to get a huge one and make a silicone mold of it for reproduction. Will see how it turns out.

    Kerby...
     
  8. gus

    gus New Member

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    I'm in San Antonio, also, when I squeezed the dead toad one of it glads shot at me like zit,
    it went over my head and don't remember ever moving so fast to duck it. :eek:

    A while back I read an article about freezing live frogs and toad, molding 'em and setting them free.
    I'll have to look for that article.
    Kerby, I may just use silicone, I remember a tutorial along this line of molding.

    Thanks you for all the responses and advice, I really appreciate it.
     
  9. "Boy, don't you know these thangs give you warts?"

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  10. jeremy

    jeremy Have you hugged your snake today!

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    Gus personally i would go with Alginate to mold him since he frozen, it will set up quick before the specimen thaws and looses its pose.
     
  11. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

    You can also

    You can also freeze the toad in the position you want and build a dam around him.....take him out, pour your GI 1100 and put it back in the freezer.

    :)

    Kerby...
     
  12. jeremy

    jeremy Have you hugged your snake today!

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    Ive got some of that but have not tried it yet, it sets up in the freezer okay?
     
  13. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

    Just....

    Just takes awhile...but silicone likes moisture.

    Kerby...
     
  14. Hoss0902

    Hoss0902 I drink to make other people seem more interesting


    That is a good movie.

    Delmar: Them syreens did this to Pete. They loved him up and turned him into a horny toad.
     
  15. staffs-skeletons

    staffs-skeletons www.skeletonsUK.com

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    I would cast it personally.

    We used to catch them, kinda cloroform them (cant remember what was used), then cast with fast setting rubber (used by dentists to cast teeth).
    After a few minutes the frog or toad would wake up and could go free. We still have the moulds after 20 years and theyre great.