Hi all, I have done a few small mammals several years ago (not very well) and have since improved my set up and equipment, purchased some better quality green skins, and am starting back up sort of learning from the internet and a few books that were loaned to me. I do have a Taxidermy mentor in Seattle, where I live, but it has been difficult lately to get a lot of one-on-one instruction. SO - I have a list of questions that I'd like to ask here. Please be gentle. 1) How long can something stay refrigerated if it takes you a long time to flesh it? A few days? A week? I do have Stop-Rot available, if that changes things. I hate how little time I actually have to sit at the bench. 2) I received this otter as a green skin. The measurements that were written on the bag are 16" girth, 25" tip to base, and 1" eye to nose. This definitely didn't seem like enough measurements, but I have read that most of the time you only get three. So -what else can I do to get an idea of the measurements about other parts of the body? Like, where to I make an elbow or a knee? How do I know where to put those things (once I am working on the form) to make them look most natural? 3) I am having a hard time figuring out what kind of form to use for this river otter. I bought a huge box of wood excelsior in case I wanted to try a wrapped body, but alternatively, is there a good Mannikin that is recommended for this species? I worry that a wrapped body is going to look like shit since I am so new with this. 4) I bought a pickle and tan kid from McKenzie's. I have zero experience with this, and the instructions aren't super easy to follow for me. I didn't realize until recently that the "ultimate acid" is part of the pickle. Has anyone used this set? Any tips? 5) Hide paste. Always use? Sometimes use? What is the protocol with this? I know some people make their own. I do not have any yet, so not sure what to do here. I have a zillion more questions that I am sure I will post later, but this is all I could think of right now. Thanks for any help!