How to preserve a squirrel paw

What you need:

  • Squirrel paws (duh)
  • Dish soap
  • Towel
  • Hair dryer
  • Container, no lid
  • Plain salt


  1. Rinse each paw under warm water and rub in dish soap to clean the fur of any blood, dirt, or grime.
  2. Dry each paw with a towel as much as possible
  3. (Optional) Blow-dry with a hair dryer to speed up the drying process
  4. Fill the bottom of the container with a thin even layer of salt
  5. Gently place the paws in the container, in a single layer.
  6. Cover completely with salt
  7. If you have a batch of squirrel paws to preserve, repeat steps 5 and 6, layering the paws and salt.
  8. Keep container in a dry place, out of reach of pets or children.
  9. Check the container once per day. If you notice salt clumping up, that is because it is absorbing moisture. If there are too many salt clumps then you may have to refresh the salt by emptying the container and repeating steps 4-7.
  10. After a week, check the container to ensure that paws have completely dried out.