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Painting a snapping turtle

Discussion in 'Reptile Taxidermy' started by vincer15, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. vincer15

    vincer15 New Member

    Is there anywhere to get a paint schedual for a snapping turtle?
  2. The Ojibwa

    The Ojibwa Member

    In short, no. Joe Kulis sells a dvd on snapping turtle taxidermy. Its a good resource.

    I use yellows and browns and very little green. The most common error I see is the use of too much green. I use pastels, watercolor pencils, and airbrush paints. The Rick Krane fish painting dvd's really helped me step up my snapper painting. Its all about building the colors.

    I'm not kidding, I tint every color in some form. Burnt sienna, mars red, yellow ochre are my go to airbrush colors. You will want flesh. Candy paynes gray is a great color for tinting darker areas too. I may add some white to lighten them and add black or brown to darken them as I tint. I like the Woods & Waters medium green to give a transparent, greenish hue.

    I know this isn't the answer you hoped for, but that's how snappers go; it will challenge you more so than most other critters you mount.

  3. vincer15

    vincer15 New Member

    Thanks for the info.This is my first turtle.It has been a learning experience. I have the turtle mounted,just have to paint it.I have the DVD,but figured the more information the better.I'll have to post a picture when it's done to see what you think of it.
  4. Kerby Ross

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

    The only green ..........

    The only green that I have seen on a snapper is from algae stain or algae.


  5. NOAH@aarrkk

    [email protected] Active Member

    The reptile replicas that McKenzie sells come with painting instructions so you may be able to purchase a paint schedule from the producer.....Morgans in N.C. I think.