The Muscular and Skeletal System of the Rat

You will carefully remove the skin of the rat to expose the muscles below. This task is best accomplished with scissors and forceps where the skin is gently lifted and snipped away from the muscles. You can start at the incision point where the latex was injected and continue toward the tail. Use the lines on the diagram to cut a similar pattern, avoiding the genital area. Gently peel the skin from the muscles, using scissors and a probe to tease away muscles that stick to the skin.

rat incision

rat skinning

skinning the rat

rat muscles labeled

rat forearm muscles


Go to Step 4: Expose the Bones