|I love animal skulls and think
that each and every one is fascinating in it's own way. There are over 200
different species currently in my collection and over 600 skulls total.
I've collected so many that I started selling them on eBay, Etsy, and my website. The first several
pictures are a portion of my collection that I have. I still have tons
more in my freezer yet to clean. The other pictures are just
miscellaneous things of what I do with my skulls. I enjoy sharing my
knowledge with others and have gone to daycare centers, schools, and
summer camps to show my skulls to the children. I think the teachers
enjoy it as much as the students!|
Please note: I use bones from dead animals I find or from donated carcasses, and the rodent
bones are from collected raptor pellets.
Insects are found dead around the property, and the butterflies and butterfly
wings are collected from the Rochester Museum of Play butterfly observatory. The furs, scrap pieces, and hides I
get from old coats, estate sales, thrift stores, garage sales, roadkill, etc. I get
them second-hand. I
collect all sorts of items over the years, but I do not and will not kill
anything that I use. I love nature in its living form, as well as after they are done with their bodies. I try to find the beauty in everything.
Teaching some children at a day-care center about human anatomy.
On this day, we talked about Medieval times and how the animal hides were used. Then the children could touch all the different furs that I brought in.
At this summer camp, I taught about all the local wildlife that could be found in western NY.
Since there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of great information about mammal skulls and their anatomy, I did some research and came up with my own color coded skull for teaching purposes. Comes with a laminated chart for $50 each.
Getting a wild boar head ready to simmer for a client. Cooking pots are the best way to clean a skull, and usually easy to find at yard sales and thrift stores.
After it's cooked, the meat should just fall right off. Be careful not to loose any teeth!
I use old rabbit cages and dog kennels for cleaning stuff the natural way. The cages (aka "rot boxes") help prevent raccoons and other critters from walking off with the bones, but still lets bugs and flies have access to do their work. These cages are handy for roadkill, larger bodies that won't fit into a cooking pot, and stuff that isn't very 'fresh'.
My favorite parts of my collection are the pathological anomalies and deformities: birth defects, disease, infection, re-healed bone, etc are just so fascinating to me. This is the femur of a red fox that I found. As you can see, the top one broke and then healed in a stunted position.
Alpaca skull with a massive abscess in it's jaw.
Vertebrae from a python (top) and a dog (bottom) showing advanced stages of arthritis.