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Table 3 Mean duration (days) of the different decomposition stages in days for methadone-treated and untreated carcasses

From: Effects of ante-mortem use of methadone on insect succession patterns

The stages of decomposition Mean duration (days)
in spring
Mean duration (days)
in winter
Treated Untreated Treated Untreated
Fresh 1.7 ± 0.25 1.7 ± 0.25 2.7± 0. 25 2.7± 0. 25
Bloated 3.2 ± 0.25 3.2 ± 0.25 4.5 ± 0.50 4.5± 0.50
Decay 4.5 ± 0.00 4 ± 0. 00 5.7± 0.25 5± 0.00
Post decay 6 ± 0. 00 5.5 ± 0. 50 7.5± 0.50 7± 0.00
Dry 9 ± 0. 00 9 ± 0. 00 12.5± 0.50 12.5± 0.50