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Savannah Monitor

Discussion in 'Reptile Taxidermy' started by Jim B, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. Jim B

    Jim B Active Member

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    This was a fun project.It is a wild, 50", Savannah Monitor that was bow-killed in Africa.All I had to go on were kill photos and the skin for measurements.I carved a body based on the skin measurements and all the photos I could find.It was shot twice,through and through,with 4 blade broadheads but the good news is,the hunter was a tanner and personally skinned and tanned it himself.It was a great skin to work with.I've mounted a lot of snakes but this is the only lizard I've done.[​IMG]
     
  2. daniel

    daniel New Member

    nice liz :)DANIEL
     

  3. Kerby Ross

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

    Nice Jim,.........

    So, I'm assuming that you carved the body? What materials did you use?

    Kerby...
     
  4. Humphery

    Humphery Guest

    Nice work.
     
  5. Jim B

    Jim B Active Member

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    Kerby,I carved the head first from a dense piece of urethane foam which was saved from a form alteration.I then carved the neck and body from a block of urethane foam.The legs and tail were carved from 2 lb. density ethafoam,which is a flexible, white foam.I then ran a wire through each leg and the tail and put all the pieces together.I used the skin to test each part as I carved.This gave me a form with flexible legs and tail so I could have a little flexibility in posing and fitting to the base.I used latex caulk for paste,because of it's flexibility.
     
  6. Kerby Ross

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

    Thanks Jim,........

    Again nice work on reptiles!

    :)

    Kerby...
     
  7. Great job, very nice.
     
  8. Great work.
     
  9. It looks great, but I don't think it's a savanna. It looks more like a rock monitor?
     
  10. Kerby Ross

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

    Rhasputin....

    It is actually a white throated monitor. A few years ago taxonomist separated the savanahs into sub-species (white throated, black throated & savanah). Jim's monitor appears to be a white throated monitor.

    Jim does great reptile work.

    :)

    Kerby...
     
  11. Aha! Thanks!

    The monitor looks amazing. I have a pet one, and this mount really captures their personality.
     
  12. BearB8

    BearB8 Active Member

    Awesome work. Your habitat is amazing as well. I really like how the grass is bent over as he's climbing over the rock.
     
  13. Amazing work!
     
  14. jeremy

    jeremy Have you hugged your snake today!

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    Jim that is fantastic work.
     
  15. psycho

    psycho 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONS!

    :eek: FANTASTIC! Great Job! 8)
     
  16. Jim B

    Jim B Active Member

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    Thanks guys.My customer's PH had told him it was a Savannah and I obviously am not up on my monitors.Someone had PM'ed me and told me it was a White Throated.I should have come back and changed it.Anyway,that was a fun project and a great skin to work with which is rare with small African skins.The customer completely skinned out the head.
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  17. psycho

    psycho 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONS!

    That my friend is wonderful! :eek: Great JOB! 8)
     
  18. RMeadows

    RMeadows New Member

    Wowsers, that's stunning. Such amazing creatures, you really did a great capture. Hope to have one of these one day, except a live one, haha.
     
  19. joey P Holmes

    joey P Holmes New Member

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    Very Nice Work.