The Different Kinds of Taxidermy


The different kinds of taxidermy and what is the hardest animals to do

When it comes to different kinds of taxidermy, there is not a lot to say. Every taxidermist has a few techniques and methods that are unique to him but actually saying there are different kinds of taxidermy is difficult to say. Check out for more general information about taxidermy.

Often, when we discuss different types of taxidermy, we are looking at the different types of animals that can be preserved and also how they are preserved. In addition, some taxidermists can work with any type of animal while others are specialized in one type of animal, or one type of taxidermy.

But what are these different types of taxidermy? It is actually very simple and I will take you through the various types of taxidermy that you can find training in.

Game Head

One of the most common types of taxidermy, game head taxidermy focuses on taking the heads or front bodies, of an animal, such as a deer, and mounting it onto a wall plague for hanging. Just the head and neck of the animal is used to create these pieces.

Full Body or Form

This taxidermy looks at creating a finished piece that includes the use of the whole animal and not just the head and neck. Usually when we talk about full body, it is referring to large animals as opposed to small. This is a difficult type of taxidermy since it can be hard to get the movement of the form just right.

Small Mammal

Small mammal taxidermy is just that, preserving small animals. Since the animals are small, usually the work is the full body of the animal instead of just the head.


Fish can be done with a full form or just the head of the specimen. Usually they are mounted on a plague but occasionally, they will be made into a 3D display.


Again, like small mammal, usually the entire bird will be preserved and modeled into a 3D display.


Rugs use the entire pelt of an animal along with a head form so you have a 3 dimensional look to the rug.

And those are the different types of taxidermy. As you can see, there are a number of different areas that you can specialize in and all of them are as rewarding as the last. When we look at these different types of taxidermy, it is interesting to note that game heads are considered to be an excellent place for beginners to start.

In addition, birds are considered to be one of the easiest animals to preserve with taxidermy, especially when you are working with smaller birds. Large body forms are considered to be the most difficult, especially when they are large mammals and the most difficult animal to preserve is usually a full body of a bear.