So I am fairly new to taxidermy. I've tanned hides from squirrels and small critters in the past but have never tried mounting anything til recently. Just got my first practice rat mount done a while ago, but I noticed the feet shrink up and turn a beef jerky lookin' color. The tail and nose also discolor after it's all set and dry. Any ideas on how to make the pink parts stay looking nice and alive? I'm thinking this sort of thing could be beyond my current skill level and I'll probably be better off switching to working with squirrels for practice. Also, if anyone has some good book suggestions on how to build wrapped mount forms (for small mammals or squirrels), that would be much appreciated.