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PostSubject: Preparing skull for enclosure   12/6/2013, 5:01 pm

Found a pretty nice fox skull in the woods this evening. It's very clean and free of any traces of flesh etc but would like to know if there is anything special you guys do to ensure it is safe in the enclosure

It is for a Hadrurus setup

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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   12/6/2013, 10:36 pm

I would run it through the dishwasher a couple times to be safe. Just to get the little critters off. If it's totally clean and all the brain and other tissue has completely decomposed off then you don't have to worry much about diseases or anything.
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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   12/7/2013, 2:18 pm

Thanks. Would the microwave do the same job?
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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   12/7/2013, 5:39 pm

Putting it in the oven or microwave at a low setting is a good idea.
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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   12/7/2013, 5:40 pm

Thanks
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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   12/7/2013, 7:20 pm

I'd usually boil bones in 6 cups of water with 1 cup of vinegar for about 30 minutes. This whitens the bone and removes any remaining dried flesh off. Air dry them for about a day then microwave in low heat setting for 5 minutes
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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   12/7/2013, 8:27 pm

I was going to suggest the low boil option as
well. Did that with a raccoon skull; it came out
real nice.
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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   12/7/2013, 8:57 pm

You can also soak it in bleach, as well. That will make the skull nice and white Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   12/8/2013, 12:29 am

Smokehound714 wrote:
You can also soak it in bleach, as well.  That will make the skull nice and white Very Happy
Bleach for cleaning bone is overkill. Unrinsed residues in the marrows and air pockets is hazardous for scorps.

Cleaning any porous to semi-porous material with bleach is a big no, no.
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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   12/8/2013, 1:01 am

Thanks for all your suggestions. Last question: Will the teeth not fall out if i boil it?
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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   12/8/2013, 2:19 am

Bleach breaks down into harmless saltwater. That's something few people seem to know... You simply soak the skull in freshwater after the bleach...
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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   12/8/2013, 8:34 am

Smokehound714 wrote:
Bleach breaks down into harmless saltwater.  That's something few  people seem to know...  You simply soak the skull in freshwater  after the bleach...
Saltwater is still dangerous to scorpions.
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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   12/8/2013, 8:36 am

shaneshac wrote:
Thanks for all your suggestions. Last question: Will the teeth not fall out if i boil it?
No, it won't. Just don't overboil it or it becomes too brittle
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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   2/20/2014, 3:55 pm

This is pretty cool, wish I could find a skull for my tank!
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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   2/21/2014, 10:05 am

Nice! I'm going to put some deer bones in my next enclosure. My mom had an accident with a deer a few years ago, and my little brother found a fresh one at the side of the road. Me and my grandpa butchered it (we still have a lot of meat in the fridge Razz) and I buried the bones and the skull. I like making cutlery and little works of art from bones, so I'll dig them up and start working on it Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   2/21/2014, 10:12 am

Look forward to see what that looks like
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PostSubject: Re: Preparing skull for enclosure   2/21/2014, 9:42 pm

EmielVrolijk wrote:
Nice! I'm going to put some deer bones in my next enclosure. My mom had an accident with a deer a few years ago, and my little brother found a fresh one at the side of the road. Me and my grandpa butchered it (we still have a lot of meat in the fridge Razz) and I buried the bones and the skull. I like making cutlery and little works of art from bones, so I'll dig them up and start working on it Smile

That would be awesome, should post the results when your done Smile
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