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Alligator Head Smell

Discussion in 'Reptile Taxidermy' started by Seawulff, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. Seawulff

    Seawulff New Member

    I have recently purchased an alligator head and it has a strange potent smell. Is there something i can do to get the smell out of it. A soak, another coat of sealer maybe. Not sure if the smell is a bad job on the head or the chemicals used in the process. Any ideas?
  2. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Submerge it is denatured alcohol for a month, and maybe it'll get the smell out. Gift shops here sell them that have been treated that way, and they use floral marbles as eyes...really crappy work. The smell on your head is probably coming from material in the nostrils and under the upper palette. They do not remove the upper palette, and there is a ton of meat and cartilage under it. While you have it hydrated, order some decent eyes and replace the marbles, if that's what was used.

  3. Seawulff

    Seawulff New Member

    That is exactly what I bought. So put it in a bucket of denatured alcohol for a month. Does that cure the flesh left in it?
  4. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    It will preserve it better at least and kill off any lurking bacteria. You didn't say what sort of prep it was, if any. Is this something from a shop? Skin on with those marble eyes? It sort of sounds like it is. Is the smell an odor of decay or is it a chemical smell. It is possible that this was soaked in formaldehyde and that will take a while to fade. A lot of these are imported and there aren't many that are done well.
  5. He said strange potent smell.

    Im guess Formaldehyde , as well. If so if will dissipate over time.
  6. John Galt

    John Galt New Member

    Can someone chime in on a similar situation- poorly done alligator head- it's like 20 years old now, my friend just gave it to me and I remember when he got it.

    It's funky, covered in the back with black tar-like paint.

    I just scrubbed them down and cleaned them up and was thinking I would either spray them with primer and then an application of glow pigment at the back (glow stuff is my specialty)

    I'm not going to soak them for fear of ruining them... one is quite large.

    I snipped off any obvious 20 year old gator jerky but my wacky daughters want them in their rooms and they smell when you get your nose 3" away.

    Is this a viable solution?
    My other thought was to scrub again with Hibiclens which has lasting antimicrobial and fungal properties before priming the back and maybe palate before adding a layer of glow pigment.