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Tanning Hides/skins?

Discussion in 'Field Herping' started by Jay1718, Jul 9, 2017.

  1. Jay1718

    Jay1718 Established Member

    Sorry I'm not sure of the proper terminology. I went for a walk this morning and found the carapace of an eastern box turtle. It is beautiful, I picked it up and continued home.
    I would like to dry it out and put it in my snakes tank. So far I washed it the best I could with a toothbrush, dried it out with some paper towels and poured salt in the inside. I have it sitting in the sun on the back porch.
    Any suggestions to make it stink less and make it safe for the snake cage?
  2. AmityReptiles

    AmityReptiles Well Established Member

    I'm not an expert on this subject but I know some people that do bone and shell cleaning. They use dermestid beetles to clean off all the flesh and just leave the bare bone and shell. There might be something else you have to do afterwards to seal it I'm not sure.
  3. EctoJoJo

    EctoJoJo Well-Known Member

    Boiling might be a good option to start with to kill any bacteria and start removing dead flesh until you find access to the Beatles and a good preservation method. The salt you mentioned would also be a good way for bacterial killing.

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