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    Default Preserving Bodies

    Spider bodies, not human bodies.

    There is this Sun Spider in my yard that I am waiting patiently for to die, but once it dies, I have no idea how I am going to preserve it. If I can't figure it out, I will probably just dissect it, because I think that would be cool, even though I am mildly terrified of spiders.

    Any ideas on preserving it?
    Excuse me, but does this smell like chloroform to you?

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    Formaldehyde?

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    Household stuff.
    Excuse me, but does this smell like chloroform to you?

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    Isopropyl alcohol (Rubbing alcohol). Preferably the 90% solution. Don't know where you live but they probably have it at a drug store.

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    I think I do have rubbing alcohol. Will this work if the spider has died?

    I read about killing it by placing it in the fridge, but I don't want to kill it.
    Excuse me, but does this smell like chloroform to you?

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    Yes. Dead, alive, doesn't matter.

    Unless it's squashed. Or been dead for a long enough time to start being eaten by others. In which case you should find another victim.

    You may find after a while some of the color bleeds away. But unless you get it into some sort of solid preservative(like those bugs in glass or plastic paperweights, or amber), it's unavoidable.

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    Alright, thanks

    I will just keep finding specimens. I am very interested in spiders, and all the other kinds of animals and their workings.

    How do I use rubbing alcohol to preserve it? Just put it in a jar or something with it?
    Excuse me, but does this smell like chloroform to you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antimony View Post
    Alright, thanks

    I will just keep finding specimens. I am very interested in spiders, and all the other kinds of animals and their workings.

    How do I use rubbing alcohol to preserve it? Just put it in a jar or something with it?
    You and me both dear. Although I prefer to observe while still alive.

    Yup, just like the worm in a bottle of tequila. Drop that sucker in there, and make fishy eyes at it. Just make sure it has a lid, that stuff burns when it gets in your eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biaxident View Post
    You and me both dear. Although I prefer to observe while still alive.

    Yup, just like the worm in a bottle of tequila.
    Drop that sucker in there, and make fishy eyes at it. Just make sure it has a lid, that stuff burns when it gets in your eyes.
    I would so not eat a spider in rubbing alcohol!

    Yeah, I prefer them living. They used to always live in my window, but for some reason they stopped. But it is going to die, so I may as well make use of it.

    I like other animals too. I saved a praying mantis from Inside My Window last night (I have decided to capitalize Inside My Window, because it is like its own world haha) even though I am mildly worried about touching them.

    All I used was tongs, tweezers to remove web, and old mayonnaise jar I used for paint water, and superior improvisation skills
    Excuse me, but does this smell like chloroform to you?

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    Tongs?

    Were you wearing Level 4 biohazard gear as well?

    Otherwise you did well.

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