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I knew maggots would eat healthy flesh from prior military service. The British SAS will use maggots to clean out infected wounds when no other form of treatment is available.
I can cite the actual literary description of this military practice here : Combat and Survival. H.S. Stuttman, publ. ISBN # 0-87475-560-3 vol 12, page 713.
My second source was from speaking to a vet (animal doctor) who described to me the process of a maggot infestation in housepets.
If you would like some web pages to look at, I found one handy : http://encarta.msn.com/index/conciseindex/BF/0BFE7000.htm?z=1&pg=2&br=1
look under description of Screwworm fly maggots.
Or just look up maggot in Encarta
Most definitions say they "tend" to eat rotten flesh and avoid living flesh. I suspect that is because living animals don't usually let it go on long enough for us to see it happen very often.
Here is another site: Look under "maggot infestation" (Myiasis) http://www.cah.com/library/rabbitdiseases.html
I hope I have been helpful; have fun with those maggots !
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