Reptiles are a kind of animal that is commonly desired to be created into a piece of taxidermy that can be kept and admired. The way that we like to taxidermy reptiles that are brought to us is through freeze drying. Some of the reptiles that we often taxidermy include snakes, frogs, lizards, geckos, alligators and crocodiles.
Freeze drying is a technique among taxidermists that is becoming more and more popular over the years. Freeze drying an animal essentially turns it into a mummy. All of the internal organs of the animal are removed, while the outside skins and tissues are left behind including the bones and muscles. We then will place the animal into the pose that you would like to have it displayed. After the positioning is chosen, the animal is then placed into a special machine in order to complete the freeze-drying process.
The machines and chemicals that are used in a freeze-dried taxidermy are different from a traditional taxidermy scenario. A special freeze-drying machine that is designed just for performing taxidermy is used. This special machine created a vacuum around the animal and then freezes it in whatever position it is placed in. The pressure that is involved in creating the vacuum helps to completely eliminate the moisture inside the body of the animal by vaporizing it. How quickly the specimen will dry depends on the pressure. It is important that the correct drying time is used to make sure that the tissue remains as intact and unaffected as possible. The taxidermists at Boise Taxidermist are used to using this kind of equipment and will ensure the integrity of your specimen by using the proper techniques and levels of temperature and pressure.
The time that it takes for a specimen to dry will vary depending on the amount of moisture in the body and the size of the animal. Larger specimens could take up to 6 months or more to fully dry. Although this technique can take time, it is important that the specimen remains in the chamber so that the tissue and skin can remain intact and looking as normal as possible. Distortion can occur if the drying does not occur at the right rate. This is why only an experienced and licensed taxidermist should attempt to do taxidermy in this way.
The materials that are used in freeze drying include the freeze-drying machine and some preserving chemicals. Other materials will be used to perform the extraction of the internal organs in order to leave the outer skin and bones intact. Freeze drying is a great way to maintain the look and effect of your favorite reptile trophies.