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Pickled Punks Series 1

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Pickled Punks, Wet Specimens, Pickled critters... The Sideshow standby... My first Foray into wet preserved specimens... So far the results are good....

The first in a series of species and sizes.... Pickled Rabbit Fetuses. Each jar is 1" dia and 2.25" tall.

Find these and others on my Weird and Unusual page on my website...
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IMAGE DETAILS
Make
NIKON
Model
COOLPIX S220
Shutter Speed
10/10000 second
Aperture
F/4.9
Focal Length
7 mm
ISO Speed
80
Date Taken
Nov 30, 1999, 12:00:00 AM
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Kida-the-wolf-god's avatar
Looks like a alein!! It scared the shit out of me at first! Cute!!
abyss-shadows's avatar
EEEW!!!XD They are so cuteeeee!!!!!!!

They must be tasty if they`re pickled.
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do you have them in your e-store?
Minotaur-Queen's avatar
Not yet, but they are on my website... Under Weird and Unusual- [link]
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The-Beautiful-DeadHobbyist General Artist
These are beautiful! Can I ask how you preserve them? I breed reptiles and have attempted to preserve a hatchling rat snake in regular pharmacy alcohol, but it wouldn't sink. It just floated at the top of the bottle and eventually started to decompose because there was a small bit of air betwen the top of the liquid and the seal of the jar. Is it necessary to inject even really tiny critters with the preservative as well? These little guys you've done look so perfect!
Minotaur-Queen's avatar
I did not inject these... Although I might have gotten less shrink on them if I had. They are so thin skinned that the alcohol (90% Isopropyl) penetrates well. I would probably inject the reptile because it would be quicker... You also need to get the air out of the lungs... even weight them down if you have to it will sink eventually.

You could try a stronger alcohol like Denatured Alcohol(available at the hardware store) for the reptiles...
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The-Beautiful-DeadHobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the late reply and thank you so much for all the useful information! I thought about weighing down the little snake, but I wasn't sure if that would help. And I had no clue that I could get stronger alcohol at the hardware store. I'll definitley check that out! Maybe I should try with some feeder rat pinkies and see if that works better.

Do you ship these to Canada by any chance? Just curious.
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I would rather not ship them thru customs... But the Pinkies will work fine with either the 90% isopropyl or the Denatured Alcohol.
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The-Beautiful-DeadHobbyist General Artist
Understandable, of course. I had to ask. I'll give some of my own a try then. I'm dying to see if I can make them look as lovely as yours!
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Note me and I'll let ya in on a few tricks I've figured out...
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Will do. Thanks so much!
TheJewelryBoxStudios's avatar
HOW AWESOME!! Do you sell these Shelby? This is so cool...
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Yes I am gonna sell these... Just getting to update the website... I haven't totally set my price yet but I was thinking $15 for this size... I have 5 ready to go with several more and more sizes available as soon as my jars and vials get here...

I have some REALLY tiny ones too... they are about a half inch long.. but all the vials I got today were all too big... I have some really special fetuses in the freezer that I haven't decided if I want to pickle or freeze dry yet... One day I'll find my opossums and get them done up...
TheJewelryBoxStudios's avatar
This would be something I would love to take to the classroom. What kind of animal fetuses will be available? I would definetley be interested in getting one!
Minotaur-Queen's avatar
I have rabbit, Beaver and Opossum at the moment.. I hope to add some other speices like coyote, raccoon and maybe some others to it...

If I can scrounge up some I'll have some parasites like roundworms and tape worms too...

Let me know what you'd really like and I'll track it down!
TheJewelryBoxStudios's avatar
A coyote or fox would be really cool I would also be interested in some kind of cloven hooved animal be it a sheep,or deer of some kind...these are really neat they will make great demos for classroom lessons.
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I have several calves but all are too big to pickle my way.. I hopefully will get some goats or sheep.. but they are harder to find.. Since I am in a CWD free state I can only get deer from CWD free states.. which limits my choices greatly... But I am hoping.. maybe for a fallow fawn or something.. I have a few piglets.. but I think they are just a little too big... I've got one at a freeze dry company and I am REALLY curious to see what that looks like when its done!


Unfortunately the small preterm fetuses are not something you get in every day.. and getting my butcher to save them for me is sometimes a bit of a battle...trying to get him to remember is the hardest part!
TheJewelryBoxStudios's avatar
Well keep me posted on what you get...I would really be interested if you do get your hand on a goat or sheep or the fallow fawn would also be amazing. I will for sure get a couple of these from you as the come out! Also let me know about any foxes or yotes! Thanks in advance. :)
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Will do!

If I can prove there is a market for these guys I'll contact several bigger butcher shops and see if I can get them to save them.... might end up with some others that way...
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