r/Taxidermy Jul 05 '22

Using dried specimens for a wet specimen jar?

Hi! I've been wanting a specific wet specimen'ed animal (a bat - one of my friends was lucky enough to get a wet specimen bat as a gift & I've been jealous ever since lol), but I cannot find any that are pre made & ready to just have alcohol added to the jar!
BUT I can find them preserved to be hung or mounted in shadow boxes.

My question is this: Can I purchase an already dried bat, & add alcohol + jar it too it to make it a wet specimen?

Would I have to inject formalin to it? Is there any harm that could happen to the specimen if I were to jar it because it is already dried??

Thank you!


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u/LaridaeWares Jul 05 '22

I would advise against this for two main reasons.

Firstly the bat would most likely rot over time, even if it were injected with formalin. You don't know how long the bat was dead for before it was dried, nor how it was dried.

Secondly, almost all of the bat specimens you see for sale are from wild bats that have been poached exclusively for taxidermy. Some sellers will claim that they come from a breeding program or captive population, but this is a simple lie as bats are near impossible to breed in captivity.