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Skinning a snapping turtle/ Red eared slider on page 2 with pics.

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by redwolf, May 23, 2011.

  1. redwolf

    redwolf Active Member

    Re: Skinning a snapping turtle

    This is how I skin out a Red eared slider. It's different from doing a snapper in a few ways. I'm sure others do it different, but I like doing it this way because by leaving the front part attached, I get a cleaner more natural look to the neck and shoulder areas (IMO)

    Here you can see where I used a dremel and a cutoff wheel to cut the bottom of the shell.
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    Open it like you would a car hood :D and clean everything out. I like to call it "the soup" :-X :D
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    Skin out the tail and back legs first, then tube out the front legs, and neck
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    Use Borax to help with cleaning it out. I use a fish cheaker tool to do the scraping.
    Make sure you clean the meat out of the spinal column. There's quite a bit in there. I use pliers and brake the spine to get to it.
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    As you can see there's quite a bit in there. This is just from one little area.
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  2. bmdakk

    bmdakk Report to moderator

    Bob Have you ever tried to do a soft shell turtle?
     

  3. redwolf

    redwolf Active Member

    Not yet, but I'd like to try one.
     
  4. Redneck Express

    Redneck Express New Member

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    Idnt know if this would help or cause more work but from my knowledge of butching a couple if you move father out on the chest playe rote were it meets the shell you can slip a knife in there and it will cut int cut like a cartaledge inbetwwen the two
     
  5. redwolf

    redwolf Active Member

    I've tried that on red ears and fought with it. The shell cracked on 2 so I decided to do it this way. Either way the top and bottom have to be apoxie sculpted back together.
     
  6. Sonnyknight

    Sonnyknight Member

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    How come I can't see the pics on here ?
     
  7. AZ~Rich

    AZ~Rich " Africa" never fails to satisfy

    Photobucket has ended its free linkage for its customers to other sites unless they fork up $399 to upgrade their account. Obviously that's not happening so we are stuck with thousands of posts with no pictures now.
     
  8. Sonnyknight

    Sonnyknight Member

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  9. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    This is the size I catch here in NH. 40 pounds and there were 2 identical sized ones in my trap. I have a Chinese chef who buys them all.
     
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