Over the summer I came across this beautiful guy. Unfortunately he was well and truly dead when I found him with quite a bit of blood around his mouth and wounds to the top part of his body. It was a fantastic opportunity for a necropsy. The main finding were hemorrhage into the upper body cavity with lacerations and blood clots within the lungs, as well as bruising in the muscles and rib fractures covering these areas. It was obvious some major trauma was the cause of death.

I’ve included some photos and an anatomic picture for you all. As this was a very venomous type of snake I kept well away from the head but the picture include kidneys, liver, opened lung and  the heart.
Snakes have three chambered hearts and different lung anatomy to mammals and no bladder just to name a few anatomical differences.



The black liquid was aspirated from a growing mass on the shoulder of a 2y.o. male neutered crossbreed dog. After sending the sample to the labs, it was suspected to be a pigmented basal cell carcinoma, so we made the quick decision to book him in for surgical excision.

After removing the mass, we sent the mass to the labs again for histopathology analysis, which came back and said it was a benign follicular cyst!

This highlights the importance to always perform histopathology on masses you remove!



Giant Anteater - Myrmecophaga tridactyla

The giant anteater is much bigger than illustrations make them seem - males can get up to 90 lbs and over 7 feet long.

Their tongues are “elastic”, almost 2 feet long, coated in a sticky saliva, and anchored directly to their sternums, rather than the hyoid bone that anchors most mammalian tongues. They flick in and out almost 180 times per minute. As one might expect, they do not have teeth, but smash the ants against their palate before swallowing. Their stomachs are tough, but do not produce their own acid; they use the formic acid of the ants in order to digest.

Since the structure of termite mounds can be as tough as concrete in some places, the anteaters need strong, well-anchored claws to tear them open. These claws would get in the way while trotting through their environments, however, and as such, anteaters walk on their knuckles, much like the great apes.

Brehms Tierleben, Allgemeine Kunde des Tierreichs. Prof. Otto zur Strassen, 1912.