So here are some photo’s from yesterdays Varanid dissection lab.
1) One of the few specimens that still had a head (heads are removed to enable vouchering of skulls for museum collections)
2) Open body cavity, note the ribs protruding. The large yellow structures are fat stores given our animal was female they are primarily used during reproduction. The large orange lobes are liver.
3) The gall bladder embedded in the lobes of the liver
5) (Bit blurry sorry) the heart with the adjoining vena cava
6) Heart (two upper atria chambers and singular lower ventricle)
7) Substantial fat bodies
8) Swollen large intestine (note the yellowish substance below being unreleased uric acid) and liver lobes
9) Loops of the small intestine
10) Large intestine a liver showing the bile duct.