What Are Some Types of Taxidermy Forms and When Are They Used?


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Taxidermy forms, used to mount animals or animal parts for display, are available in different shapes and sizes including life-sized forms, rugshells, floor pedestals, table pedestals and shoulder mannequins. Bird, fish and reptile forms are available, as well as antler and foot forms.

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Taxidermists use life-size forms when they want to display the entire animal. Forms exist in a variety of sizes and species, from squirrels to African elephants. Taxidermists often mount animals in realistic action poses. Bird, fish and reptile forms are also life-size forms. Half life-size taxidermy forms allow a taxidermist to mount only the front half of the animal.

Taxidermists use rugshells to shape the head and neck of a rug made from animal hide. Popular choices for animal skin rugs include bears and large wild cats, but taxidermists also use smaller animals, such as raccoons and foxes, as rugs.

Forms are available to mount individual animal parts as well. Taxidermists use foot forms to mount hooves or paws with a small section of the leg attached. Shoulder mannequins display only the head, neck and shoulders of the mounted animal. Taxidermists use antler forms to mount only the antlers. They often attach these forms to wall pedestals in order to display the finished work on a wall, but floor and table pedestals are also available.

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