May I ask how you sanitize them or the likes? I'm just iffy with roadkill the only thing stopping me is the chance of disease and such.
Sorry it took me forever to write this out! There are some things I really want to say concerning the pictures I posted with my animal head.
First and foremost, you should always wear gloves. In the picture I posted of me holding animal head with my bare hands, the animal came from my friend’s house. I have very little reason to believe it’s diseased as that house is an animal rescue and the animals there are taken to the vets regularly. Me handling that animal is very different from picking up strange roadkill, however. Please, please, always wear gloves! I care about you guys!
I will try to be more responsible in posting future pictures, sometimes I forget that people learn from me. Do as I say, not as I do! Bahaha.
So. General precautions and procedures concerning roadkill…
Gloves. I use latex or nitrile. These gloves should be used for physically picking up the roadkill. Just keep in mind that once the gloves touch the animal, these gloves are now “contaminated”. If you want to touch something “clean” then switch gloves. You can look up methods of de-gloving without getting contaminants on your hands.
Though, very often I think gloves are pretty unnecessary when you’re scooping up small, easy, solid roadkill. I’ll explain below.
Bags. Just have a bunch of trash bags and grocery bags in your trunk/bed. Make sure your animal doesn’t come in contact with the outsides of any bags. You can do this by treating the animal like dog shit. Like, literal dog shit. Put your hand in the grocery bag (turn the bag inside out and make sure it has no holes or rips) , pick up the body, and turn the bag the right way. This way you can retrieve the body quickly and cleanly, without touching it barehanded and you won’t have to spend excessive money on gloves.
For smaller animals, using the “dog shit” method with bags is fast and easy. For larger animals, I would recommend using plastic sheeting and gloves. I don’t really pick up large animals, though.
Once the bones don’t have any soft tissue on it, and doesn’t smell, then in my opinion the bones are pretty much clean. It is rare to get diseases from any kind of bone like this. Once the bones reach this state, you don’t need to continue wearing gloves when handling the bones.
If you want to fully sterilize your bones, you can use hydrogen peroxide. Just fill a container with one part water, and one part 3% hydrogen peroxide. (No bleach ever!) When you take out the bones, rinse them well in a bucket of cold water otherwise you will get white powder residue on the bones.
So yeah, tldr: The reason I handled the animal head without gloves is because I was cocky and I was in a closed situation with a “clean” animal who is mostly all bone. It’s been sitting in a rot pot that’s never been used before with fresh soil, so I was not in any contact with another “strange” animal. Any other time in any other situation, gloves or baggies should be used, as touching rotting flesh is not typically a pleasant or clean experience.
Once the bones are free from flesh, you are free from wearing gloves.