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DERMESTID BEETLE COLONY

Anyone have a DERMESTID BEETLE COLONY?

If so, how hard are they to keep?
What do you keep them in while not using them to clean skulls and other things?
What is a good container to keep them in to clean skulls?

What temp is the LOWEST that they can survive in the winter without major heating the room or container?


I'm looking into starting a Colony to use to clean Snapping Turtle Shells and Skulls and also Skulls from animals I trap in Trapping season, so they are nicely cleaned and will look better to sell on E-bay!
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Re: DERMESTID BEETLE COLONY

Check Taxidermy.net
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I just went on there and have No Clue what to even look under!

I am Not a Taxidermist, I catch snapping turtles for a restaurant and want to be able to sell the skulls and shells after I clean them to make a profit above what the restaurant pays me for the meat!

I was really hoping someone on here could help me instead of trying to figure out a new website and registering, just for 1 thing and never using again!
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On Taxidermy.net people sell them
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I'm really not going to be of much help but I know from the guy that did my deer skull a little. He keeps his beetles in a chest freezer in his basement. Feeds them table scraps. Mentioned that they do not typically eat eyeballs. About all I know.
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They need to be kept between 60-80 degrees, I made my tanks out of plexiglass , however any smooth surfaced box will work! Once they are established they need food and lots if it! You would probably be better served to have someone with beetles to clean them for you !
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On Taxidermy.net people sell them
I already have a place to buy them from.

I need to learn as much as I can about them from people who have a Colony before July.

The place I'm going to buy them from is a Taxidermist and they include some other products in with the beetles and larva to whiten the skulls when the beetles are done with them.

Just trying to figure out WHAT to keep them in, What Temp, Where to keep them during the winter, Ect.
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They need to be kept between 60-80 degrees, I made my tanks out of plexiglass , however any smooth surfaced box will work! Once they are established they need food and lots if it! You would probably be better served to have someone with beetles to clean them for you !
No, I'd be better served to do them myself then to pay someone else to do them then try to recoup the cost they charge me!

The Amount of Turtle Shells and Skulls I'll have is going to be a very good amount, last season was 52 for the snapping turtle season, that is 52 shells and 52 skulls....then add in Coon, fox, muskrat, mink Ect skulls from Trapping, Me doing it myself with my Own Colony would be easier and make a better Profit for me!
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Re: DERMESTID BEETLE COLONY

Some people use an old chest freezer to put them and the skulls in, and use heat lamps or something and a screen on the top. Not sure of the exact setup.

I think I still have a big chest freezer that was old as the hills and went up finally last year. My dad dragged it out and I think it's by the wood pile with a tarp over it. It is free for the taking for anyone wanting to use it for a beetle colony, you just have to come get it. Nice 16-18 cf or so size. I don't dare get into the beetle colony thing, if those things got loose into my work area/showroom area...
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