What to do with deceased reptiles

Yeah for sure I mean I wouldn’t care to dissect one of my own snakes because of the sentimental value but that would be a great opportunity for a biology class I’d definitely contact any local high school or community college and ask if they were interested.

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I see where your going with it now, not so Norman Bates-ey :joy:.
What would you recommend with a animal that has passed from infection/parasites/illness. Do you think it would be useable in a research environment, as a way to better understand these issues?


Maybe freeze and contact the nearest university with a zoological program to see.

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They gotta museum of bones in Orlando and they have a ball python skeleton that is so dope and I’m sure SOMEONE does it but it probably cost more than I would pay but it would be supee cool

Or just get a caiman? Every house needs a crocodilian right?

If you own your own property you can always go and just bury a snake. Or could always cremate it yourself as well. We recently lost one to illness after an almost 3 month fight and we ended up going to one of the large fields that surround our apartments and buried her deep.

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We have plenty of land so if something dies we take it to the back corner so the wind doesn’t blow the smell to the house. Fish, cats, dogs, goats, sheep, whatever happens. Scavengers have to eat too.

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I don’t like the idea of a stray dog or cat digging up and dragging around the body of my own pet. So we dig really deep. But then we only have snakes and not any livestock.

If I lose a fairly small animal, such as a hatchling that doesn’t make it, I usually preserve it in alcohol.

Do you have any pictures of that and how well does it work preservation-wise?

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this isnt the same exact one but you can send it off to have it done I’m sure

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I just did a quick Google search and I do know some taxidermy people offer it if they can do it…I’m sure it aint cheap but I would do it if I cpuld afford it

If I have hatchlings that dont make it I usually feed them off to other herps.


Here are some preserved specimens. From the left they are: Sardinal Stuart’s Milksnake, Bismarck Ringed Python, Three-Toed Box Turtle. As you can see, they lose color when preserved. The snakes have been preserved for 2-3 years, the turtle has been preserved for less than a year. All specimens are in good shape.


That’s really a lot less creepy than I was expecting. Do you take them to shows for education or is it just a personal decoration.

Have you found any practical uses of keeping them preserved?

No, they are just for decoration.

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Ok…like what? :joy::joy::joy:

I HAVE to know where you were going with that lol.

Practical uses? Like if you come across a bunch of pickles but have no jar you just throw em in with the snakes?

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O.k…this is kind of a weird and morbid thread.

Here’s a less morbid option, maybe. All of my pets that have died since 2001, I’ve had cremated. Most are in nice little wood boxes. Some of the first ones are in decorative tins. If the shop I found can do labeling on the wood, I’m going to move the ones in tins, into nice matching wood boxes, and have everyone labeled. There’s over 20 of them stacked neatly on my altar to deceased friends and family.

I will either some day scatter each critter’s ashes to a specific plant if I finally have a yard and house that we own. Or…they’ll all get buried with me when I die. I’ll be surrounded by my beloved babies.

That’s my plan anyway.

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I hope it’s several years before I have to deal with it! But anything I can do to help further science if it’s not a ridiculous inconvenience I’ll try and do.

More along the lines of taking sketches or observations of parts you can’t really access with a alive snake too well (inside the mouth, eyes, glands and so on).

But yeah, people drink tequila with scorpions and other weird shit at the bottom, why not… :sweat_smile::joy::joy:

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