I was looking in the archives and came up with only a few posts on actual gland removal. I'm hoping to create a post with pictioral and videos as well as written paragraphs about gland removal for trappers who have limited experience finding and removing glands from fox/coyote/bobcat/rat/beaver...etc I would encourage all to throw in their 2 cents on this one. I'll start...
I start skinning a rat by drying it out and then opening it up from foot to foot like this as well as cutting off both front feet right away.
I then cut around each leg and around the back of the tail and pull down a bit.
On spring rats like this one there are engorged glands on the stomach that I remove, bottle and use in my lures.
I like to clean skin my rats as best as possible. As I pull the fur down I cut off as much fat and muscle as I can all except the saddle. Once down to the legs cut carefully and use mostly pulling to remove around the front legs.
I tend to go slower around the head and eyes because the skin is clingier to the neck and skull. Make sure you don't cut the eye holes too big.
Here's a skinned out rat. As I put it on the stretcher I cut off all excess fat and muscle with great care.
There! A finished rat ready to dry.