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how to mount a large tortoise

Discussion in 'Reptile Taxidermy' started by tim dobbs, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. tim dobbs

    tim dobbs Member

    whats best to stuff a tortoise with other than carving a form for it?
  2. The Ojibwa

    The Ojibwa Member

    Vermiculite, spray foam, and house insulation are all good materials for a big tortoise/turtle. Anything to cut down on the weight. Use clay and/or mache for the detail areas. Carving the legs would be a good option too if its a big one. Just carve the legs a bit smaller and generic; use a layer of clay, paste, etc. over the mannikin so you can tool in the details.

    I like to mount my turtles in a two day process. Day one: I clay the feet, tail, head. I also use Great Stuff spray foam to fill the shoulder and hip areas. Its ok to overfill, just carve off the excess when cured. Day two: put a layer of clay, mache, filler, etc. between the foam and the skin so you can tool in wrinkles. Sew the inscision and work on "grooming."