Alphabet Challenge :: N :: The Nervous System

Pitiful Posting and the Alphabet Challenge

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Neuron

Neuron (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to News-medical.net

The nervous system is an organ system containing a network of specialized cells called neurons that coordinate the actions of an animal and transmit signals between different parts of its body.

It consists of the central and peripheral nervous system in most animals. Going in to detail about the nervous system would take quite a long time so you can have a peek at this link –> the nervous system.

English: Photographer: LA Dawson

English: Photographer: LA Dawson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The main purpose of this nervous system post is to share what I learned about snake nervous systems and digestion in the case of poor Garlick the leucistic Texas Rat Snake. His family brought him in to the vet hospital after noticing that on top of a bump in the middle of his body, he had regurgitated one mouse and rejected another. When I was preparing to check him in, I was expecting an abdominal mass and was worried to see it along his back. I tried to get as much information as I could and even got to handle him. It worried me that most of his body past the lump mostly sat in my arms. I followed the doctor in to watch her during the appointment. She was checking the strength of his muscles before an after the break as the portion of his body beyond the break still had minor movement. I was present during x-rays and saw in the first one, a dark white spot where the lump was. Upon rotating the snake to the side, it was made obvious that the poor guy had suffered a break in its back. The vertebrae were practically overlapping. I later heard the doctor explain that the snake nervous system is based on each vertebrae acting on its own. For Garlick, digestion no longer worked properly starting at the break.

Pitiful Posting and the Alphabet Challenge

One of the great things about WordPress is the little calendar that shows you the days on which you’ve posted. One of the bad things about it is looking at that same calendar and seeing how sad and empty it looks. -_- To get myself back into the swing of posting, I’ve decided to start an Alphabet challenge. Hopefully I can kick-start myself into a blogging groove again with this. Below I’ll list each day, the letter, and as I pick my topic, I’ll come back here and add it. The one day that I probably won’t post on is June 8th. Blasted GRE. If I absolutely cannot find an animal or drug or something that follows the days letter, I’ll get creative.

June 4 – A – Antibodies

June 5 – B – Belgian Malinois

June 6 – C – Coral

June 7 – D – Dopamine

June 8 – GRE

June 11 – E – Elephant Shrew

June 12 – F – Flatworm Penis Fencing

June 13 – G – Grief

June 14 – Personal day

June 15 – H – Heart

June 18 – I – Indecisiveness

June 19 – J – Jerboa

June 20 – K – Kori Bustard

June 22 – L – Lyme disease

June 22 – M – Myopia and a Manatee

June 25 – N – Nervous System

June 26 – O – Olm

June 27 – P – Penguin Pics

June 28 – Q – Quoll

June 29 – R – Roadrunner

July 2 – S – Surinam Toad

**3 DAY HIATUS**

July 6 – T – Two-toed Sloth

July 9 – U – Ural Owl

July 10 – V – Vaquita

July 11 – W – Wolverine

July 12 – X – Xoloitzcuintli

July 13 – Y – Yosemite Toad

July 16 – Z – Zany Life