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Eastern Milk Snake Dissection (GRAPHIC IMAGES!)

Discussion in 'Milksnakes' started by FantasticDamage, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. FantasticDamage

    FantasticDamage Well-Known Member

    Hey everyone,

    I ran into this poor guy when my neighbors called me over for what they thought was a Copperhead. I went to check him out and noticed he wasn't moving. I decided to pick him up and realized he was already dead so I placed him in a wooded area just to get him out of the elements. He was in good condition with no marks so I hoped that just maybe he was just really good at faking his own death. Well I decided to check on him some hours later and he was covered in ants and remained in the same position I left him. Being an alumni from NC State in Biology I took the opportunity to break out my dissection kit once more and do some exploring (never dissected a snake before).

    WARNING: The below pictures are graphic and are not for the feint at heart. This dissection was purely educational and the snake appeared to have died from natural causes (I'm no vet but I am thinking heat was a factor).

    Here we can see the esophagus, trachea, heart, lung, and rib cage (super flexible)...

    Here is the esophagus moving into the stomach and intestines....

    Finally the hemipenes...

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