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Rat Mummy! [Mar. 25th, 2012|01:30 pm]
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My dad was cleaning out the side yard and found the most perfect little rat mummy I've ever seen. Only problem is, it has a slight odor and I'm afraid stuff might crawl out and give me the bubons.

Is there a way to go about sanitizing and prepping him for display? I have a mason jar/French canning jar and American Accents wood gloss. Can I do anything with those? He's kinda crispy.

Thanks in advance! Picture coming.
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[User Picture]From: torocraneo
2012-03-25 10:41 pm (UTC)

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Personally I would sterilize it with a UV light. Whatever you do don't get it wet, that will ruin it. And I would not seal it in a jar because it may cause mold to grow. Allow it to air out and don't seal it with anything yet. Maybe try putting it in an open bag or container with a dryer sheet or two. You can also put it in borax but they will probably leave the powder left in some spots. But the good thing about borax is it will deter insect damage.
[User Picture]From: hannahsarah
2012-03-26 06:47 am (UTC)

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Put the Borax in the bottom of a shoe box, and top it with the dryer sheets. Lay the mummy on top, and put the lid on. The cardboard is breathable enough to prevent mold, and the dryer sheets will keep the borax off of the fur.
[User Picture]From: rainbow_lioness
2012-03-25 11:01 pm (UTC)

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I was wondering the same about a mummified baby gecko that my sister sent me from Singapore. She found it under her fridge in the kitchen. LOL

Love the icon!
[User Picture]From: araneus
2012-03-26 01:16 am (UTC)

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I've soaked mummies in alcohol a few times (briefly - for an hour or two) then taken them out to let them dry. Never had a problem since the alcohol helps dry the tissues, but you may want to check with someone with more mummy experience!