Skeletons: Preparation techniques for display and research collections

Reticulated python and pig skeletons

The skeleton of this  5.8 m (19 foot) Reticulated Python was assembled by Patrick Couper in the Queensland Museum's Herpetology Section. This skeleton, now on permanent display at Australia Zoo, took six weeks to prepare and involved drilling 1278 holes and wiring on 636 ribs. The snake was a long term resident at Australia Zoo and died of natural causes in 1995. Both the snake and pig skeletons were prepared using the techniques in the menu above.

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