I'll look into the mold idea, would definitely like to have something I can reuse, just wasn't sure if it would be too delicate to even make one. Thanks for recommending!
Most zoos I've come across will not give up their skins, not even the one I work for I may have to acquire some from private individuals/internet if I want a variety.
I do love that plastic mesh look, uniform or not, so I'll have to do some searching for that one and similar!
Thank you for all of the recommendations, very much appreciated!