Disarticulation Station

The most recent specimen cleaned in the Terhune lab's dermestid colony was an adult North American River Otter or Lontra canadensis that was killed by a local dog and donated to the Terhune lab. While the otter's cranium was broken and stored in formalin for later...

Veiled Chameleon Dissection and Timelapse

For the past couple weeks the Terhune Lab has been cleaning chameleons for the Willson Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences here at UArk. The video below is a timelapse of the beetles cleaning an adult veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) over the course...

Happy Holidays from the Terhune Lab!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Terhune Lab! Unfortunately, one of our local chipmunks will not be singing this year due to a tragic accident involving the neighbor's dog. However, we at the Terhune lab believe it would have wanted its body...

Roadkill Revitalized

Our latest specimen receiving a dermestid beetle cleaning is a large male Virginia opossum or Didelphis virginiana. It is commonly known as the North American opossum since it is the only marsupial found in United States! Unfortunately, our male was hit by a car but...

Python Timelapse

The following video is a timelapse of the lab’s dermestid colony cleaning a large Green Tree Python, Morelia viridis, and smaller Ball Python, Python regius over the course of two weeks. Morelia viridis originates from both Southeast Asia and Oceanic rainforests. It...

Snakes… why’d it have to be snakes?

We had a packed house in the Terhune Lab yesterday for dissection and preparation of two snakes (one green tree python and one ball python, both donated to the lab after natural deaths) for our beetle colony. Dissecting the snakes with UArk biology faculty and grad...

First Dermestid-Cleaned Specimen

The first specimen cleaned by the lab's dermestid beetles was a common house mouse (Mus musculus). The skinning process was started while the specimen was still partially frozen (this allowed for the skin to be more easily removed and the decomposition smell to be...

Dermestid Beetle Habitat

Dermestid Beetle Habitat: Pre-Arrival Set Up We removed the silicon trim of a 20 gallon aquarium with a scalpel so the beetles would not be able to crawl up the sides and added 1 1/2 inches of paper shavings as the substrate (bedding layer). We cut a large...