Methods in the Art of Taxidermy
by Oliver Davie Published in 1900
The sizes of wires which I have used in some of the full-grown mammals are as follows:
- No. 7 or 8- Wild Cat, Lynx rufus (Guldenstadt).
- No. 8 or 9-Red Fox, Gray Fox.
- No. 10-American Badger, Otter, Raccoon, Ground Hog, Beaver.
- No. 11 or 12-Civet Cat, Martin, Skunk.
- No. 12 or 13- Muskrat, Gray Rabbit, Opossum.
- No. 14 or l5-American Mink, Gray Squirrel, Fox Squirrel.
- No. 17 or 18-Weasel, Red Squirrel, Chipmunk, Gopher A full-sized Bullfrog, Rana catesbiana (Shaw), mounted in a quiet, natural position, requires
- No. 19 wire for its support; and in an upright or human-like attitude,
- No. 17. Some of the tailed Amphibians, the size of the Mud Puppy or Water Dog, Necturus maculatus (Rafinesque), or the species known as the Hellbender or Mud Devil, take a
- No. 14 wire. Most of these however, are preserved in clear spirits. The African Ostrich requires 1/2-inch iron rod. The common domestic cat usually needs a
- No. 12 or 13 wire; Pointer, Setter Dog, Coyote, 1/4 inch Norway round iron rod; Gray Wolf, 5/16 inch; Giant Kangaroo, 3/8 inch; Cougar or American Panther,5/16- inch; American Tapir, 3/8 inch; Caribou and large Mountain Sheep, 1/2 inch; Moose, Elk, and Giraffe, 3/4 inch. The size of rod which I have always used for supports in the horse and cow was 5/8 inch this size is also necessary for the American Bison. List of Essential Tools, etc.
- 3 pairs of fine scissors, one curved, Figs. I, 2, 3, Pl. I.
- 1 pair shears, Fig. 4, PI. I.
- 3 scalpels, Figs. 6, i. PI. I.
- 2 cartilage knives, Fig. 8, Pl. I.
- 2 "killing knives" Fig. 5, PI. I.