How do i clean and preserve a turtle shell??

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Check out Turtle Stuff Shell Care to learn how to clean and preserve your turtle shell.

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Old Redneck Trapper Method.....Put it on an ant hill and cover with something to keep

the sun and other critters off of it for 2 to 3 weeks until all meat is eaten (real stinky).  Or cook it and carve all the meat out.  Then put it in a 5 gallon bucket with 2 cups Borax powder, two cups salt, one large box of baking soda, and enough water to cover the entire shell.  Let soak for 4 hours.  Rinse and dry for one day.  Put back into the bucket with 1 gallon vinegar and enough water to cover the entire shell.  Soak for 24 hours.  Rinse real good.  Put it in an old gas grill with the cover closed and leave in full sun for 2 weeks.  Then paint extra thick the entire top and bottom shell inside and out with poly urethane.  It will be a beauty with out having to use the dangerous chemicals.

I have a turtle shell that i cooked and then let dry for a few weeks in my house.  I just removed the remaining cartilage best that I can and am wondering if it is still a good idea to put it in the bucket with borax, salt and backing soda?  What does that acheive? And then the vinegar.  Can you please advise?  

How do i preserve my turtle that has died?

You can boil it but the scutes (scales) will come off. Use a solution of one part bleach to 3 parts water and spray inside and use a old toothbrush to clean inside and outside. Be careful of the top as if the shell is very old the scales are brittle and may not stay on. After the turtle dies it loses the blood supply to the shell and it will dry out. You may want to rub it down with vaseoline and use an old tee shirt to shine it up.

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