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SKIN-MOUNTING AN ALDABRA TOITORSE

SKIN-MOUNTING AN ALDABRA TOITORSE

by Sirpa Kurz and Constantin Latt

Author: Administrator Account/Monday, September 12, 2022/Categories: Articles - All, Articles - Home Page, Spring 2022 Issue 145

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In this preparation protocol, we describe the practical approach to the preparation process of an Aldabra giant tortoise. The main focus is the particular difficulties of preparing specimens of this species. Firstly, the heavy weight of the animal requires a stable construction and handling considerations during the working process. Secondly, the requirements for tanning a reptile skin of this size are demanding. The structures that are highly visible under the skin must be properly represented, and this is only possible with tension-free skin conservation. After careful consideration, a cast was used as a head. Overall, the construction is built using a baseline grid, which serves as an orientation guide throughout the entire process in a forward oriented and comprehensive manner. In the painting process, the focus was to create a great depth effect. This project began December 2019 and was finished January 2021,

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