Some time ago, Kieran and I ordered a dead rattlesnake, some species of Crotalus, from the wonderful Carolina Biological Supply Co., the same outfit that supplied us with the preserved hearts and brains we dissected in the past. Today we studied up on snake anatomy and got to work dissecting. Because a snake is so long and slender, it has to cleverly pack its internal organs inside its body, which makes finding and identifying them a bit of a challenge. But we were able to find the venom glands, heart, lungs, liver and intestines, plus what we think are fat-storage bodies. And we found what are either kidneys or testes — we couldn’t be sure. As always, hands-on science is the best. Neither of us had ever dissected a rattlesnake before.