Snake intestinal villi, SEM

Snake intestinal villi, SEM

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Caption: Snake intestine. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of villi in the intestine of a snake. The villi (folds) in the surface of the intestine are short and covered in cuboidal mucosal cells. The thickness of the mucosa can alter greatly depending on whether the snake is fasting or has eaten. Magnification: x80 when printed at 10 centimetres across.

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