Stage DescriptionInitial Decay
The cadaver appears fresh externally but is decomposinginternally due to the activities of bacteria, protozoal, andnematodes present in the animal before death
The cadaver is swollen by gas produces internally,accompanied by odor of decaying flesh
Flesh of creamy consistence with exposed parts black. Bodycollapses as gases escapes. Odor of decay very strong
Cadaver drying out. Some flesh remains at first, and cheesyodor develops. Ventral surface mouldy from fermentation
Cadaver almost dry; slow rate of decay
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