A small collecton of skulls

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Galemys

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Here are some animal skulls I collected over the past two years.

Blackheaded gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus):


Black crow (Corvus corone), herring gull (Larus argentatus) & jackdaw (Corvus monedula):


Grey heron (Ardea cinereus):


Long-tongued bat (Glossophaga elongatus, a South American species); skull, lower jaw and upper canine:


Pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus, found in Croatia):






Pipistrelles are really tiny animals...:


A live one found in my neighbours garden, probably molested by a cat (one wing shredded to pieces, but otherwise OK, I brought it to an animal care center):


Upcoming project:


Are there more skull collectors here at BCUK?

Cheers,

Tom
 
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I used to have a small collection of mammal skulls. My favourite was a possum a friend of mine sent me from the states. They were damaged during a house move.
 

uncleboob

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Nice! We (some students and I) came across a dead fox...I wondered about burying it to dig it back up again once all the fleshy bits had been eaten up...how long do you think this would take? Seems like a good experiment to me!


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Nice65

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Nice! We (some students and I) came across a dead fox...I wondered about burying it to dig it back up again once all the fleshy bits had been eaten up...how long do you think this would take? Seems like a good experiment to me!


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Stalkers here leave them out but hidden for a couple of years. In amongst brambles etc for flies, ants, slugs to clean. I found this out one day at work when surveying power lines across the countryside. I was in a thick copse, pushing my way through on a hot summers day the sun seeping through making it seem very close and dark in there. I noticed the smell of decay. Nothing too unusual, but the flies were everywhere. When I started to look around I noticed string upon string of deer skulls threaded on baler twine like grotesque beads hanging from the trees. I’m embarrassed to say I completely freaked out. :D

I phoned the landowner to tell him he had poachers, but that I hadn’t finished my survey, so had to go back. He lowered his voice and told me to beware, the copse had long had a reputation for black magic rituals, sightings of demons, and general strangeness. Family friendly forum, I can’t type what I called him. :muted: :rage:
 
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Snake

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Nice! We (some students and I) came across a dead fox...I wondered about burying it to dig it back up again once all the fleshy bits had been eaten up...how long do you think this would take? Seems like a good experiment to me!


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Don't know about this time of year, but when I shoot a few foxes around harvest time, if you leave them under a hedge the maggots will have eaten everything within about 3 weeks.
 

Galemys

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The blue tit's skull:


A common grasshopper warbler (Locustella naevia) I found dead last month (it must have flown some 4000 miles from its winter quarters in West-Africa just to die on a Dutch dune...life is hard):


Compared to a black crow's skull:


Failed project:
A partial skeleton of a common (Bufo bufo) or natterjack toad (Epidalea calamita). I found the desiccated body last week. The bones came out quite good but the skull disintegrated totally.


Cheers,

Tom
 
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gra_farmer

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What is the best way to clean skulls then please? Could do with a quick tutorial
In the past, I used to find quite active ant nests, carefully dig the required hole very close to the nest, put the head or whole animal in the hole and cover back up with soil, do not compact the soil, but do lay something ove the top to stop foxes and rats digging it up.

Come back 3 weeks later and dig it up...easy, you will have a clean white skull, without the mess from leaving it out in the open.
 

Galemys

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New additions:
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Woodcock, a window victim
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View from above

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Great cormorant, from a freshly beached specimen.
The bony spike on the back of the head ('os nuchalis'), flexibly attached by a bit of cartilage, is a unique feature of cormorants & darters. It gives extra attachment for the beak muscles and therefore more biting power.

Cheers,

Tom
 
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