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    Does this skull look like its been in beetles at all? I was told it had been in beetles but it doesn't look like it to me. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1368315019.142817.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1368315038.392511.jpg


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    Looks crappy.
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    Looks like it was buried in the ground. Common practice for do-it-yourself skull cleaning but doesn't look like its been in dermestid beetles, maybe it was sitting in some dung beetles lol


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    If it was cleaned by Beetles, it would be free of meat and any connective tissue the skull pictured is not.... the color looks consistant of a freshly cleaned beetle skull.. the color fades and disipates in the degreasing process..
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    It is possible, but hard to tell from the picture. It looks pretty dry, beetles don't eat jerky very well. Look in the nose, and small areas and see if you see any evidence of beetle activity or larval enstar hatching sheds. Basically you could do that much with a knife and let it air dry for same result.

    If you were charged fully for that black bear skull to be beetled you were ripped off. A soak in water to re-soften it would have been needed to finish if truly bugged. Soak in a heated bucked of water for a few days to rot the rest off and then start to degrease.

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    Looks like something may have nibbled on it above the eye socket. A solid colony tank will do a bear skull in about 24-36 hours, least that's my timeframe.


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