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macabrity asked:
(1/2) hi there! I messaged you about the decomping of fish a while back, and I just wanted to update you (forgot to take pictures, though :<)! On Monday morningI buried the fish (but it had been left out for about 24 hours) in the pot. I dug it up yesterday (Saturday) and it was writhing with maggots! But it was almost entirely scales and bones, with very little scent. I took some of the cooler bones out this morning and they're soaking now. Skull had fallen all apart though :( Love the tiny

teeth it had. I wonder how it would’ve been without the delay in the burial, and if it would’ve slowed things down. Anyways, I moved it from the pot into the garden (still wrapped) so the meatier bones (like the tail, that’s still actively decomposing) can finish off. So 6 days of being buried (7 days since death) is what it took to near complete skeletonization. Thanks for giving me the idea to decomp, I think I’ll use it on all my freshly dead things (maceration for the mummies tho :<)!

Hey! That’s great to hear! It’s amazing to see how fast those little bugs work c: Keeping it above ground for that day surely let the flies lay their eggs and gave you those lovely maggots, so that was a good thing! I’m very glad this method worked well for you. Good luck with your future dead things! C:

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I love this little froggy I found by our shoes. I wish I knew he lost his way so he didn&#8217;t have to end up like this.

I love this little froggy I found by our shoes. I wish I knew he lost his way so he didn’t have to end up like this.

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I’ve decided to keep my blinds open so I can put cute things on my windowsill. My mom made me this adorable cactus scene and naturally I filled it with treasures c:

Yay for more bone space!

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My horse lady friend gave me these adorable pony teeth c: The left is a baby tooth &#8216;cap&#8217; that the adult tooth pushes off when it&#8217;s erupting.
I need more horsey things :c

My horse lady friend gave me these adorable pony teeth c: The left is a baby tooth ‘cap’ that the adult tooth pushes off when it’s erupting.

I need more horsey things :c

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Anonymous asked:
hello! I was inspired by your decomp pot guide to try it myself on one of my whole, freshly dead carp (~10-11 inches). The soil is a little bit sunbaked and fairly sterile I think but I layered in pond scum and am watering it with maceration water. The temperatures here in summer are always 90+, often 100's degrees F, but it's in a mostly shady spot. When should I check it? Can I grow plants in the pot, like sunflowers, perhaps? Is there a way to speed this up? Thanks!

Hello there! I’m so glad my guide has inspired you c: You can grow plants in there (they’ll love the nutrients from all that dead stuff) but they may end up getting in the way when you dig up the skeleton again. The bugs are doing the majority of the work here so the more the better, but besides that I don’t believe there’s a way to speed it up. You can add manure to your pot as well which I’ve heard helps loads with breaking down a carcass.

As for checking in, I haven’t had any experience with fish yet, but after a week or two you should see some significant change. If you’re up to it, you can document the process as you keep checking on it and use it for future reference. I know fish skulls are fragile and fall apart easily, so definitely keep an eye on that so you can pull it out before it completely falls to bits. 

I hope this helps, and if you have any more questions I’ll be happy to help! Let us know how it goes if you’d like. Experimentation is fun and incredibly educational! I know I love learning more about the processing to get those lovely bones c:

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Our lovely treasure haul from today’s hike!

Lookit that cute fox with his wee nose c: I’m excited to get this lot cleaned up and ready for display!

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And lastly, antlers! :D

Funny little tidbit about that second antler. We were standing in the area we found the fox in and my dad thought he saw some bones off in the distance. Thankfully we were smart enough to finally remember our binoculars so I could look around without running towards a pile of white rocks instead. The spot he was looking at was indeed, rocks, but I scanned around anyways and suddenly these points came into view! It was a great surprise to see in those binoculars when I didn’t think anything would be out there c:

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This little cutie we almost had to run over before we saw it! Little guys are hard to spot in the taller grass. My second fox skull, this one nearly perfect with all it’s teeth! I so can’t wait for this little guy to be cleaned up c:

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We started this hike the same way we usually do: couple cow bones here, couple there, scattered skeleton around ney. I picked up an axis vertebrae that was still in good shape from this group.

Then I stumbled upon an awesome snake skin. The head tore off but was right next to the skin. This’ll be my best skin yet!

Oh look, a dollar! Dinner’s on me!

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What better way to spend a weirdly cloudy day (right after 90 degree weather, mind you) than to hike with my favorite bone hunter! We hit the wilderness again, this time sporting mountain bikes. We saved so much time by flying downhill instead of walking, though we had to ditch them a couple times to scout the area out. It’s hard looking for bones when you’re pushing around a clumsy bike /:

Fun bone hunting pics and treasures to come!

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Anonymous asked:
I have a deer skull macerating that turned reddish pink in some parts while it was in the water, I have no idea what that means? I'm also having a hard time figuring out if continuing to macerate it is even doing anything or if I should switch to degreasing because at this point theres been no signs of macerating doing anything. (the water has not changed at all in two weeks) Thanks for your help!! :)

That color would be the blood and grease still trapped in the skull. If the skull has no more flesh/tendons/anything else on it then you don’t need to macerate anymore. The degreasing part should take care of that coloring; if not all the way then a peroxide soak will finish it up c:

Thank you for the question! I hope this helps c:

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Anonymous asked:
Hi, my grandfather has found two dead mice in his garden where his cat has killed and I'd really really like to give a go at cleaning off the flesh and that that's still attached, not loads. It's pretty much all bone, however I've never done this before so I was wondering if you'd have any tips and what sort of supplies I'll need to do this? I've read up about maceration, what's the best way to go about this? Any advice would be great! :)

Hey there! For mice especially, I can’t recommend the burial method enough. Maceration works well for removing meaty bits and the like, but it can be very troublesome with small bones and will cause skulls to fall apart. I’ve recently made a little guide on the way I clean bones via the burial method that I hope you’ll find very helpful!

If you’d like to keep the skeleton intact, you can try spritzing the dried flesh with water and slowly pulling/scraping it off with tweezers and a scalpel. It’s very tedious work but if you have the patience for it it can be very rewarding!

Of course, after all the flesh is gone you can soak it in some 3% hydrogen peroxide to disinfect and whiten to your taste. Small bones don’t need to soak for long, and the longer it soaks the more it may fall apart. Just keep an eye on it; it’s not as hard as it seems!

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask me or anybody else in vulture culture and we’re more than happy to help! Thank you for the question and I hope this helps C:

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The littlest mouse c:

Look at my newest and tiniest skull in my collection! And I thought these other guys were pretty tiny. From left to right, rat skull from pellet, mouse and bigger mouse/rat? from dad’s garage and closet, respectively.

For reference, this little skull is a mere 2cm long!

Maybe vole? Voles are tiny, smaller than mice I believe. Definitely not a shrew, they’re more similar to moles…. I’m trying to think of tiny animals!

Based on pictures from google, the teeth and slenderness of the skull doesn’t match up with a vole. This little one was found half skeleton-ized and mummified so I couldn’t tell by fur or otherwise. Seems to be a regular house mouse though! I believe we have many of those around here c: Thank you for helping!

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The littlest mouse c:

Look at my newest and tiniest skull in my collection! And I thought these other guys were pretty tiny. From left to right, rat skull from pellet, house mouse and field mouse from dad’s garage and closet, respectively.

For reference, this little skull is a mere 2cm long!

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This fancy camera has a hard time capturing this itty bitty mouse skeleton. Look at that little paw! If you time it right, you can pull out a tiny skeleton still attached to itself. The articulated paws here are barely hanging on but it makes it that much easier if you plan on articulating!
If I have the patience to do this, I should have no problem gluing that skull back together c:

This fancy camera has a hard time capturing this itty bitty mouse skeleton. Look at that little paw! If you time it right, you can pull out a tiny skeleton still attached to itself. The articulated paws here are barely hanging on but it makes it that much easier if you plan on articulating!

If I have the patience to do this, I should have no problem gluing that skull back together c: