I love your little animal friends! Do you have a tutorial for skinning small mammals? I have acquired a beautiful chipmunk and I would like to skin him but I have only skinned birds before... Also, what is the best way to clean the bones? Ideally I would like to keep both his fur and his tiny skeleton! thank you I love your blog <3
helloe fellow friend! I do not have a tutorial but my gf Ruby is going 2 help me make one bcos she is fab with cameras so i am hoping this will be in the next few months but i am v nervous about being filmed ahhh!! Mammals are much easier 2 skin than birds in my opinion, just make an incision down his spine or tummy, if its ur first mammal i would suggest spine as it is easier, then peel his skin away down his lil leggies to the wrist/ankle joints. If it is possible 2 skin out most of his lil toes do that, but if he is super small and its kind of impossible just salt them heavily and it shouldnt be an issue, but get down as far as possible 2 his hands and feet. Tails r easy, with enough force and also gentleness u can pull the tail out whole, as long as u skin a lil way up the base. Dont do this too hard or u will rip his tail off!! U can judge it with ur hands if u think ur going 2 hard then skin some more then pull. When skinning the head stay as close 2 the skull as possible, cut thru the ear cartilage as close 2 skull as u can as it will help when mounting. Same with eyes bcos u dnt wanna cut the eyelids off!! Eyes make a mount perfect so make sure you keep as close as possible 2 the skull, nose is easy bcos u get right 2 the end and u just cut thru the cartilage on the end there!
The best way 2 clean the bones is once u have skinned the lil guy, cut off as much meat as u can, gut him also and put his bones in a small tub of water, change the water weekly and eventually all of his muscle and bits will all fall off, it is best 2 keep the tub sealed and if it is sunny where u r leave it in the sun :) try not 2 lose any of the bones in the changeover of the water, perhaps use a small sieve when doing this, i use a tiny one for catching teeth when macerating :)