So this happened again…
So this happened again…
A skunk skull I painted (and glued snapping turtle claws to) for my friend!
Is there a way to tell wild and domestic canid mandibles apart?
My most recent finds! Went on a walk to the railroad and the creek behind it and found a roadkill brown thr.asher and a c.ow mandible. Then the day before yesterday I traveled the creek behind my house all the way to the highway at the end of our road and found two turk.ey carcasses, one dismembered and the other complete, so I took its skull. Undoubtedly they were dumped. During that day I smelled something dead, like advanced decay rot (isn’t it peculiar how we can identify the stage of rot a body is in based on smell lol), but couldn’t find it. ‘Course I was looking in the opposite direction (I had a hunch I was, but since the wind was blowing in several different directions I wanted to be thorough and check everywhere just in case) when it was actually blowing toward me from across the creek. Due to an allergy-induced headache, I didn’t have the energy to look for it any further so I left. But the NEXT DAY, after thinking non-stop about what the smell could possibly be from, I went to the creek again and after wading through thick foliage and poison ivy (dude fuck that plant but I will do ANYTHING to find the source of the smell of death), I finally climbed the huge fallen rocks and tiny waterfall up the side of the bank and found a big dead pos.sum! It smelled too rank to take back with me, so I left it to come back later for its skull.
It’s gotten to the point where I’d literally rather touch rotten flesh with my bare hands than soggy food in the sink.
Now if this ain’t neat. Flying squi.rrels are rare here in KY. My dad’s a plumber and he sent me a text the other day saying he’d found a dead one in a waste basket at an empty house he was working at. It’s mummified, hard and stiff, just fur and bone really. It’s also kinda smelly but not bad. There was some kind of fluffy gray-ish mold growing around its mouth. My dad asked if I could preserve the tail, but I’m not sure how. Right now it’s buried in a flower pot.
Ayyy new setup! ☠️🤘🏻
1: Plastic gargoyles with glowing red eyes
2. Old (both post- and pre-mortem) white-tailed deer buck
3 & 4. Two domestic dogs, top one likely a terrier and bottom likely a sighthound
5. Matching white-tailed deer antlers
6. Common snapping turtles
7. Coyote mandible
9. Domestic goat
10. Domestic cat
11. Gar mandible
12. Broken white-tailed deer antler
13. Obsidian arrowhead
14. Domestic pig
16. Plastic monster skull off of an action figure
17. Plastic human skull
Guys I think I need a therapist because nowadays whenever I see a dog and I’m just talking to and petting it enthusiastically, this is my immediate thought:
This hard, dry brown substance is stuck on a few of my dog skulls’ teeth. At first I thought it was dirt, but it won’t come off. Would it happen to be tartar?