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Dwarf Hamster Skull by WildSpiritWolf Dwarf Hamster Skull by WildSpiritWolf
The smallest skull in my collection, a dwarf hamster perched on my thumb.

This skull was harvested from the body of an animal that was already dead. I did not kill any of this animal.

Feel free to use as reference or stock, just please credit me and link back to my picture. Also, if you could please comment with a link to your finished piece, that would be much appreciated. :)


Please visit me on my Taxidermy/Nature account here: :iconfossilfeather:
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:iconfluffyspiderz:
FluffySpiderz Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, it's lovely... I have a hamster skull but it's a bit damaged. My prize tiny skull belongs to a vole.
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SimpleWolf Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you get the decay and fleshy other stuff off? Any proper ways to clean them ...?
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WildSpiritWolf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Here is a tutorial I put together on skull cleaning: [link]

--WildSpirit
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SimpleWolf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you soooo much!!<3 Me and my friend found a malnourished kitten skull and I seriously thought burying it would make it go to waste... it was just too beautiful. Thank you so much!
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WildSpiritWolf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Ooh, a kitten skull... lucky! I'm still missing a domestic cat skull in my collection. I have a bobcat though and it is somewhat similar. :D

--WildSpirit
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SimpleWolf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How many skulls do you have?
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:iconwildspiritwolf:
WildSpiritWolf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Many. There are pictures of most of them over at my natural history gallery here: :iconfossilfeather:

--WildSpirit
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bobthechinchilla Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
How do you preserve the skeleton?
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:iconwildspiritwolf:
WildSpiritWolf Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
I have a tutorial here: [link]

--WildSpirit
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mizz-kiwi Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
You have a lovely thumb nail.
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:iconwildspiritwolf:
WildSpiritWolf Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Lol, thank you. :XD:

--WildSpirit
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THAxelFan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
AW! so small! ^_^
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glittercookie Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
I did this with my mouse but I lost one of the front teeth :(
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:iconwildspiritwolf:
WildSpiritWolf Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
That's not uncommon with skulls that small. :(

--WildSpirit
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kogassonjet Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
i wanna ask how did you keep the lower jaw in place
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:iconwildspiritwolf:
WildSpiritWolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
The whole thing came apart when I boiled it (which I don't do for bitty skulls anymore) and I had to carefully reglue the two jaw pieces back together. I decided to glue the bottom jaw to the top part of the skull since it was just so tiny.

To see more of my natural history collection (including my new ultra-tiny shrew skull!) check out my ~FossilFeather account. :)

--WildSpirit
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kogassonjet Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
thank you i will
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:iconcarmel12:
Carmel12 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!!! That is so small =P
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Ninjitic Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Wow. The process of boiling / soaking / whitening the bones sounds interesting. Just, wow :3
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Cynder1314 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
aa still cute . Little ...:?
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nonanut Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
@___@ holy shit, that had to have been hell to harvest. I thought shaving down a pigeon skull was hard! *dies*
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Zetsubou-no-Girl Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
It's so tiny!
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:iconcosmic--chaos:
Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Again with the huge fangs! :XD:
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Krhbecky2 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
:ohnoes: poor hamster DDD:
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:iconfreespiritwolf:
FreeSpiritWolf Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Wow, that is really small! I really like it, it's neat. :)
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Slayer-1412 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That is really small :wow:
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Soft-angel-wings Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how do u get the skull out?
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WildSpiritWolf Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
I boil the bones for 15-35 minutes (depending on size), soak them in water for three days, then soak them in hydrogen peroxide (to whiten them) for 7-10 days. :nod:

--WildSpirit
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Soft-angel-wings Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok, thank u!
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DarkVixen28 Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
owo Tiny. And pretty. And cute! >w<
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WolvenYoukai Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I'm glad you have this so that we could see it.
It's soooo tiny <3
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StrawberryDacri Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Student General Artist
That one's awsome! So tiny and intact!
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venom-kisses Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
thats amazing! do you know where I could find a mouse skull?
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mfwilliams11 Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
you could always catch a mouse and the clean it lol *yuck*
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:iconwildspiritwolf:
WildSpiritWolf Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Possibly eBay? I dunno, I've never had to go looking for one. ^^;

--WildSpirit
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venom-kisses Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Thanks anyway haha. I love your collection!
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wulf12 Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
I want to eat it...
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umbreon17 Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool skull.
i used to have those animals, were so cute :3
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AokiBengal Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
That hamster had one heck of a set of teeth!
I used to have a dwarf hamster. Hamlet was his name.
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:iconwildspiritwolf:
WildSpiritWolf Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
That's such a great name for a hamster. :XD: Mine was named Hunka Munka after the mouse in the Beatrix Potter story. :D

--WildSpirit
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SaraJArts Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool, kind of cute too. =)
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SeanChiarot Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
O_O thats tiny as hell, lol
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Pleonexia Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
I used to have two dwarf hamsters, but one ATE the other. I never found out why either. Dxxx They had food and water...
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Stephan-with-a-y Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Dwarf hamsters are very sociable!I'm a breeder myself and only work with dwarfs. How big was there cage? If they don't have enough space they will fight. Did you take one out for a day or two? Because even if their brothers if they've been separated for any length of time and then brought together again its like putting a stranger in the cage ...which will result in them fighting to the death. Hope this helps clear things up:)
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WildSpiritWolf Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Uhhh... :zombie: That's disgusting! Small rodents really scare me with their habits sometimes... :O

--WildSpirit
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Pleonexia Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Yea. I don't have hamsters anymore. I just have my sweet lovely birdie, horses, and of course, my huge swett doggies. ^^
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kaiter Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Student General Artist
Hamsters don't like each other. I had three hamsters, who were brothers!, and they fought a lot! The only reason two liked each other is because they might tolerate one other, and they helped each other survive.

Before one ate another, we separated them. XD
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:iconpleonexia:
Pleonexia Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Yea, they were dwarf hamsters, and the breeder said that they were social They were not....
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kaiter Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Student General Artist
There are times when you can. Two at the most, but it depends on the hamster. Not the breed, but the personality. XD That is why I liked Panda, the one I kept. (Creative huh? He was a Panda Hamster, not a Dwarf. XD) Panda was okay with company, if the company was not offensive.
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Pleonexia Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
That makes since. The only hamster I owned that I really liked was Espio. He was big, orange and white, and he was so sweet. I even made a house for him. He died asleep in it when he was five years old. I was so sad. Dx
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