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Question for the Biologist: #457TY7
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How long does it take for a rat to decompose in a subtropical climate?
Yep ... he's in the front yard. I usually pick them up, but for some reason I'm leaving this one alone. Kinda big.

I thought some carnivore would come in the middle of the night to whisk it away, but three days have passed.

Birds of prey? Hello?
Neighbor dogs?

Where are those maggots when you need them?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maggots come from fly eggs. Flys will usually go for the mucous membranes first, (eyes, mouth, genitals) and then other fly species go after the other tissues. Forensic Entymologists can give estimates of how long something has been dead based on which exact species of maggot is present.
At least thats what I learned in college.

November 19, 2009 at 6:34 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Dear Dr. Science: Thank you for the gross but accurate description of maggot development.
Now ... can you tell me how to get red wine out of a white tablecloth?

November 20, 2009 at 10:44 AM  

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