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Previous Entry Feb. 24th, 2008 @ 01:11 pm
Hey there,
I collect dead animals and preserve them as a hobby... recently my friends two giant emperor scorpions have expired and he offered the bodies to me.
Now, normally with mammals and herps I just pop them in a special preserving agent and it's all good (or like with a few of my dead crows and toads, dry them out and 'mummify' them so they can be kept on a stand).

I was curious as to how to go about preserving these scorps... I have had them around 4 months now in a box and they have not deteriorated, I am guessing this is because of their carapace and how it does not rot as fast perhaps?

I just wanted some tips on preserving them, ideally I did not want to put them in any fluids as I like seeing them out (they don’t even look dead its amazing).

Any replies are mostly appreciated thank you.
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From:le_wasp
Date:February 25th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
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For large arthropods, it's ideal to do some micro taxidermy. If they're still pliable, just make an incision along the lower side of the abdomen, pull out all the innards with tweezers, then replace them with tiny bits of wadded up paper (and glue if you desire). That will help prevent rotting of the insides which can discolor the carapace. While it's drying, position the scorpion how you want and it will remain in that pose after dry.
From:unnatural_lump
Date:February 26th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Thats top notch advise there, thanks :D I did what you said (taking the insides out with some tweezers) and I have him in a defensive pose on the shelf, very nice.
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