- Dec 6, 2011
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- Zimbabwe, SA, Namibia, BC, AB, Ont
I see this old thread has been revived or mixed up with the other current similar thread. I have a SA croc on this summers hunt. Cannot imagine not mounting it in some way. Leaning towards flat rug with open mouth head, likely use the $500 replica head in RM, McKenzie or hopefully a Canadian Taxi supplier catalogue. This allows real skull to be displayed. I have had some push back from dip and pack companies stating shipping is difficult and expensive as they do not fold or roll tight. No idea of Canadian tannery costs yet? Don't think a pickle will work?Crocodiles are awesome! Just understand when you go down that road that the taxidermy on crocs and alligators is extremely expensive. Like to the tune of 650-800 per linear foot. For garments or leatherwork the belly leather is typically used. You need a smaller animal for that say 8-10 ft. Boots are made from little 3-4 foot guys up to maybe 6 tops. Again the tanning is very expensive.
long story short, and you are welcome to call me if you’d like to have a more in-depth conversation about it, is that the animals are very very labor intensive and difficult to work with. The leather is also the same for the tanneries. I have worked with a few alligators doing various things. I enjoy working with them but if I (and I mean this as any taxidermist not just specifically me) are going to work on them I have to make money off of the project and between the tanning and labor cost that comes to the tune of about $9600 plus tax to mount a 12ft croc and that doesn’t include tax, shipping, etc…. The taxi’s in Africa will sell you a mine on how much cheaper it will be for them to do it. I can guarantee that the volumetric weight of shipping it from there to here and from a port of entry to your home will easily about double or more whatever they charge you for it and it will look like crap.
I only mention this so it does t come as a huge shock after the fact. I as well as many other taxidermists enjoy Working with them but there is a lot that goes with it as a whole. One needs to know and be prepared for it if they commit to hinting one.
No real experience with croc, did assist with Mr Shockey's but was not my job. Looking forward to the challenge. Of course labor is mine and "free". Thinking lots or research will happen before I tackle. Too bad I do not have a "Gizmo" down the road to pick his brains. Will also have the other 28 animals from hunt to complete.