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Rat Dissection || When the Cat's Away

Did you know rat organs are very similar to human organs? Learn how to dissect a rat in this video, which also covers its external and internal anatomy and physiology. In this simple dissection of a rat, you’ll learn various parts of its anatomy, various parts of your anatomy, and why rat brains are smooth.

Rats are a very interesting animal to dissect because they’re mammals, just like us! Their anatomy can tell us a lot about our own anatomy Also, did you know that rats can swim? In this video, you’ll learn general information about rats, which will be tied into its anatomical structures.

This dissection lab is for anyone who is curious about rat anatomy, wants to cover rat anatomy for a zoology course, missed the rat dissection during biology class, or just wondered, “How does my body work?”. The video will teach you how to dissect a rat step by step, and review the external and internal anatomy of the rat.

In this video, we’ll cover the following structures:

Vibrissae (Whiskers) Thymus

Front incisors Heart

Eyes Liver

Nictitating membrane Stomach

Ears Greater omentum

Pinna Spleen

Testes Pancreas

Teats Small intestine

Anus Large intestine

Urogenital opening Kidneys

Thoracic cavity Ureters

Abdominal cavity Bladder

Diaphragm Vagina

Salivary glands Ovaries

Trachea Uterus

Esophagus Brain


If you want to learn more about rat anatomy, here’s a link to a website with more detailed information, as well as diagrams:

If you have any questions regarding rat anatomy, dissection methodology, or general biology, feel free to leave a comment. We'll try our best to reply.


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