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Fox Squirrel Pelt - Corey by FossilFeather Fox Squirrel Pelt - Corey by FossilFeather
This is Corey (or McCormick), my beautiful new fox squirrel pelt. :love: He was found as roadkill and skinned and tanned by me. I skinned him with all of his paws and claws intact which gives him so much more personality (just look at that pose in this picture! :D) than my other two tanned squirrel pelts who are sadly lacking their feetses. :(

A big thank you goes out to ~lirimakat whose patience with my bizarre interests and continued antics made Corey's "second life" possible. :)

More pictures of Corey will be posted once I've made a couple small repairs to his tail. :aww:

For paw size comparison, see here: [link]


Fox squirrel found as roadkill and preserved by me
Coyote pelt from a taxidermist


Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal! If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.
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Fargonon Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful!
I have a roadkill fox squirrel that I am plainning to tan and re articulate the skeleton.
What tanning method do you use? 
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KonekoKaburagi Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YES! Finally. Road kill finally gets to be cleaned up and live a "new" life. I always wanted to do this, but my mom would kill me. lol
Now with red foxes making a comeback on long island, I see them a lot! and the are just going to waste laying there...

BTW beautiful colors on your fox squirrel :)
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manjyomesgirlie94 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Aww. It makes me me miss my baby fox squirrel. D:>
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seriousbadger Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
I really like your pictures, they are so nice and sharp :) That pelt looking great, look so life like in a dead way lol
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FossilFeather Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Thank you, I have an obsession with nice clear pictures. :D
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seriousbadger Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
your welcome!
I really like when the pictures have good light and sharpness c:
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CreatureUndertaker Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
awesome, we have them as such suicidal things here, and rabbits, coons, skunks, possums.
they are neat little buggers to skin.
i currently have one getting eaten by worms that im going so put his skeleton back together.
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FossilFeather Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
Those are basically the same critters I regularly see as roadkill too. Good luck with that skeleton!
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CreatureUndertaker Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I tell ya, they are quite suicidal.
and thanks, im talking with Acid as to see what kind of pose i should put it in.
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FossilFeather Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
How cool! Good luck with that pose. :)
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Eliea Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
he's got beautiful colors! And what a cool friend to let you pick up roadkill. I really want to do the same for a grey squirel we get tons hit by cars around here. but hubby would flip...
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Featherologist Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, beautiful colours!!! We only get grey squirrels here, they don't have the vibrant colours of Corey. Fantastic work, and a great way to preserve an animal! :aww:
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FossilFeather Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Thanks! And as much as I love the orangey fur of fox squirrels, I think I favor grey squirrels actually. The bigger fox squirrels are kind of dominating here so it's left me rooting for the smaller underdog. In Britain, isn't it the grey squirrels that are pushing out your native red squirrels?
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Featherologist Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Red squirrels are extinct in Britain, apart from very high up in scotland and on the Isle of White. Another reason to visit there :love: There's no grey squirrels, there's just a sancturary for the reds (I've never been there yet.) I've never actually seen a red squirrel before....Maybe if I get my pawsies on a grey squirrel (not very likely) you can has :D
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FossilFeather Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
Aww, the poor reds. I think they're adorable little guys. I actually already have a grey squirrel pelt, just without its feet. x.x

If I'm patient enough, I will find one as roadkill the same as I did with Corey. Thank you muchly for the offer though! :glomp:
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Featherologist Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Apparently reds are really sweet and docile and shy, and grey's are really agessive and noisy.... Who'd have thought that that friendly little squirrel eating a nut on the branch would actually eat the kits of a more pretty creature huh?

No probs :aww: :glomp:
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FossilFeather Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Grey squirrels eat the baby red squirrels?! *horror* o.o That's so terrible. :(
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Featherologist Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
So I've read :( Nature can be so cruel :(
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FossilFeather Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Nature is harsh and brutal. Why it's deemed alright for nature to be like that but not man, is an interesting argument. I'd like to say that because mankind has the capacity to be good and gentle and make life better for humans and animals is why we should. But then that "call of the wild" rings through my head and I'll all like, hunt! fresh meat! That's really all the squirrel was doing. Just looking for a meal. :hmm:
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lirimakat Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
COREY~! Hai Corey! :3 Good to see you're all pretty and intact. :D

Good job on the pickling and such. XD

~Issa-ko
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FossilFeather Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Corey says yes, his pickling was boring but it helped lock all the rest of his hairs in place so he won't go bald now and he also says thank you for turning the car around and picking him up. :3
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lirimakat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Awww, you're quite welcome! You have a nice warm home now with lots of company and love. :heart: ^_^

~Liri
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xxxMoonlightWolfxxx Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
skinning a squirrel....I can't imagine. Messy, messy, messy work! :XD: I got bit by a squirrel once! Not the funnest experience. xD
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FossilFeather Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
It actually wasn't very messy at all. And if his skull hadn't gotten shattered and bloody on the inside from being struck by a car, there would have been hardly any blood at all. :nod:

And ow... bit by a squirrel? x.x
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xxxMoonlightWolfxxx Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
dang....O_o the more you tell me about this kind of stuff, the more i want to try it for myself, its just people don't DO that around here.....I should move to Big Bear. xD

Ya....not fun. You don't want to know.... T_T
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Mahekun Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Nice job on the skinning and preservation! It can be hard to get the ears intact, especially delicate little squirrel ears, but you got 'em! He's got a pretty coat too. :)

Roadkill taxidermy rocks. It totally is a sort of 'new life' for a life ended too soon. :)
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FossilFeather Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Thank you! I adore the color of his fur too. He was (and still is) quite a handsome little beast.

Roadkill is definitely my favorite way to come by potential taxidermy projects because it means I am just putting to use something that would have ended up rotting away anyway. There's not a huge variety of species where I live but there's some and I make do with that whenever the opportunity arises. :aww:
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Mahekun Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
Yeah! I love being able to use the otherwise wasted.

There's not a heck of a lot here either, but a good find once in awhile. I think my favorite one is a HUGE (like 4" across) dead dragonfly in awesome condition that came floating past me when I was fishing a few years ago. Some glue and straight pins in his body cavity and he's sitting in a shadow box now :)

A good one I missed was a dead fox on the road fully intact. I was in a hurry somewhere so I had to come back for him, but by the time I did he'd been totally obliterated by a bunch of other cars :(
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FossilFeather Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
Aw, man.... I'm sorry about that fox. x.x I'd be sorely disappointed too but the dragonfly sounds really awesome! I did that with a Monarch butterfly. :)
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