Turtle shells can be a fascinating decorative piece in any taxidermy/oddity collection.
If you happen to acquire one from nature, cleaning the shell for preservation is a simple mission.
Removing the animal’s carcass from the shell is a must, if found entire. Leave the shell in the elements and let the bugs do their work!
Ignoring the shell for at least a week will make the left over remains easier to remove.
Using a toothbrush and warm water, gently rub out any remaining organic matter.
Allow specimen to dry.
Once dry preserve with lacquer!