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Anonymous asked: So I live in Canada and have been obsessing over your water themed curiosity collection but noticed it only ships to the states. If I purchase it, is there any possible way to ship it to Canada, even if I paid extra postage for it?

Hey there! Thank you so much for your interest in that piece. It was a fun one to put together. :)

Unfortunately I don’t ship animal parts internationally. To do so here in the United States I would have to get a license from US Fish & Wildlife Services, pay a user fee for each package, and go through a broker to ship it from an authorized border port. I believe that the average total for all of these fees and shipping generally runs around $200-250 per package.

Here is the page on the US Fish & Wildlife Services site that explains all you have to do to ship animal parts internationally or import them from another country.

Wildlife parts includes not only bones, skulls, and furs but also parts from or made with crustaceans, insects, and other invertebrates. So that includes sea shells which are also in that curiosity collection.

Some domestic animal parts can be shipped internationally (so long as they didn’t originate in the wild) but I still usually just stick to US sales for all animal parts.

I can and do ship fossil and mineral specimens internationally though! So if you are interested in any of those specimens in the shop (I’ve got a couple of big trilobites, some fossil shark teeth, jars of fossils from my creek, and so on) I will be glad send them your way!

Thank you again for the interest and I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

oosik said: Interlocked skulls actually go for a lot of money — *if* it’s legal to sell.

Phew, that they do! I’ve seen locked whitetail buck skulls go for $500+ before. Can’t imagine what elk would go for!

Anonymous asked: I have a buck skull ready to degrease, but do I degrease the antlers too? I don't want them submerged in the degreasing solution if it will ruin them.

Nah you usually don’t have to degrease them. My big elk but had stupidly greasy antlers but that’s the only time I’ve had to degrease antlers. Submerging them in the degreasing solution shouldn’t hurt them but I’ve heard stories from folks that had the color altered while the antlers soaked. I don’t think it happens very often but it might be something you want to avoid anyway. You definitely don’t want them in the peroxide if you want them to keep their natural color!

Anonymous asked: My dad just showed me something cool that made me think of you! Last time he went hunting, they found the skulls and vertebrae of two elk, all attached, and the elks had died with their horns stuck together!! I wish I could have been there to ser it, that's such a cool experience, bit it was probably a terrible way to die for the elk!!

I seriously love it when people encounter dead stuff and think of me. I think it’s really sweet in a delightfully macabre sort of way so thank you! :D

But for real. Holy. Crap. I might just die of excitement if I ever found anything as amazing as that. What an incredible find! I’d love to see those photos some day if you ever feel like sharing them!

Anonymous asked: i love that you call maceration water 'maceration soup'! it makes it a little less gross and more morbidly adorable.

Haha, thanks! I guess ‘stew’ would be a more accurate term since it’s usually so lumpy and chunky but soup just seems to have stuck.

PS I’ve had that crap splash in my mouth before and it tastes as horrible as you would imagine.

PPS “Morbidly adorable” is my new favorite phrase. ;)

Anonymous asked: any tips on keeping dermestid colonies alive and well?

Dermestids are pretty easy keepers! Just keep them in a container they can’t climb out of, make sure it has ventilation, substrate (I like that crittercare stuff that walmart sells), some hunks of styrofoam for them to lay their eggs in, water, and most importantly, food! They love dried out, jerkified skulls and carcasses or fresh meat. Just make sure you only put in fresh in small amounts unless you have a huge colony that will knock it out in a day or two to keep it from making a smelly mess. And if you run out of carcasses they like leftover meat scraps, hot dogs, dog food, and so on.

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Anonymous asked: Hey, it's the anon with the bird and rabbit skull. I am currently in the process of cleaning the rabbit skull and other miscellaneous bones but I am holding off on the bird skull until I'm absolutely positive it is legal to have. I think it might be a house sparrow, but I'm not entirely sure. Do you know of any websites that would tell if house sparrows are legal? Or if off the top of your head you know if they are legal in Washington state? Thanks for answering my many questions!! :)

Hey there! Try googling for images of European house sparrow skulls and see if matches what you have. If it has a longer, pointier bill search for images of a starling skull. If it is a smallish, songbird-like skull and doesn’t match either of those then it is likely something that’s illegal to keep unfortunately.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects all songbirds, raptors, and most other native birds in the United States. It covers all of the states.

No problem! Good luck with it all!

Anonymous asked: Hey!! I started my first peroxide bath today. The bones that I put in had been cleaned with a toothbrush after finding them on a hike (they were dry with no flesh- my intention was to remove some of the dirt stuck to them). Is it normal for the bones, once in the peroxide bath, to bubble? Should the water become instantly murky? One of the bones floats, is this normal or could there be more dirt to clean out? Thanks in advance!!

No worries, Anon! All is well!

Bubbles are a sign of a reaction called oxidation which occurs when peroxide comes into contact with an enzyme called catalase. Catalase helps protect organisms from cell damage caused by oxidative stress. So when it encounters hydrogen peroxide (an oxidizer) it reacts by basically attacking it. The bubbles are caused by the catalase separating the two oxygen atoms from the two hydrogen atoms that make up hydrogen peroxide.

So basically, you want to see bubbles when using peroxide because that means that it is active and doing its job to clean and whiten the bones!

Instantly murky? That’s probably just the dirt floating away from the bones as the peroxide works. You can change it out if you like but so long as the peroxide is bubbly and the bones are getting whiter it is still working just fine. Peroxide will eventually become inactive as it deteriorates (it will stop bubbling) so then it’s time for some fresh peroxide.

Bones floating in peroxide are just more porous than ones that sink. You can weight them down if you want but they will usually sink on their own once they become saturated.

Hope that helps explain what’s going on! Happy cleaning!

Anonymous asked: How long does it take for an animal to completely decompose into bones?

That depends on an incredibly wide array of factors, Anon so I’m afraid there is no definitive answer for you. Temperature, weather, insect activity, climate, the size of the animal, location of its carcass, and so on all play a role in the speed of decomposition. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months and maybe even a year or more in some cases.

Your ideal conditions are high humidity, high heat, and lots of local insect activity. I’ve seen carcasses in the size range of squirrel to raccoon rot down to bones in just a few weeks with those conditions.