Alaskan Red Fox Skull - Grade A - (Vulpes Vulpes)
Alaskan Red Fox Skull - Grade A - (Vulpes Vulpes)
Alaskan Red Fox Skull - Grade A - (Vulpes Vulpes)
Alaskan Red Fox Skull - Grade A - (Vulpes Vulpes)
Alaskan Red Fox Skull - Grade A - (Vulpes Vulpes)
Alaskan Red Fox Skull - Grade A - (Vulpes Vulpes)
Alaskan Red Fox Skull - Grade A - (Vulpes Vulpes)
Alaskan Red Fox Skull - Grade A - (Vulpes Vulpes)

Alaskan Red Fox Skull - Grade A - (Vulpes Vulpes)

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Common Name: Red Fox
Scientific Name: Vulpes Vulpes
Condition/Grade: Grade A
Measurements: 6'' by 3'' by 2''
Notes: Note that the canine teeth natural wear as well as hairline cracks in them from the cleaning process.
 
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Four step skull preparation process:
1) Raw skulls are purchased from professional fur trappers in Alaska, supporting local industry and salvaging parts that would otherwise be discarded. Each skull is cleaned using flesh-eating dermestid beetles. This traditional method of taxidermy that uses flesh eating insects is time consuming but insures that the final product is of the highest quality, avoiding damage that can be caused by other methods of cleaning like boiling or bleaching.  The bugs are harmless (they don't eat anything alive), and in the wild they serve an important role in the decomposition and recycling of nutrients back into the ecosystem. In captivity, they are well fed to sustain growth of the colony and kept in a warm environment to allow them to metabolize and reproduce throughout the year.
2) After removing the flesh, the skulls are soaked in a water bath for several weeks to remove grease. I use clear dish soap without any added dyes or fragrances to preserve the natural appearance of the bone. Degreasing the skull will remove harmful fats from the porous parts of the bone that can rot over time. A skull that has NOT been degreased will degrade as bacteria consume the grease, causing the bone to become soft and give off foul odors. 
3) Each skull is whitened with concentrated hydrogen peroxide that removes discoloration of the bone. I do not use bleach on my skulls and believe that it is harmful to the integrity of the bone, causing them to become brittle and also creating an unnaturally bright white color. My skulls retain some natural coloration, please see photographs for detail.
4) Finally, the skull is clear coated with a plastic resin that is used extensively in the preservation of fossils and antiques for museums. This high-quality resin gives the bones a glossy/shiny appearance. It also protects the bones from cracking due to changes in humidity and covers the porous bone to avoid trapping dust and grime over time.