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Steve - spurs on juvenile greens.....

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Posted by: Kelly_Haller at Thu Apr 9 18:24:57 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Kelly_Haller ]  
   

I wanted to answer the question you had asked earlier about spurs. You stated that you had a young 6 foot green that was probing as female but had 2mm spurs. Many male greens are probe sexed as females due to the morphology of male greens as opposed to most other boids. With greens, the probe must first be inserted into one side of the cloaca perpendicular to the body. Gently pass the probe about a third to a half way through the body until you feel resistance, and then rotate it parallel to the body and probe as usual. If this is not done correctly, in males, you will miss the hemipenal pocket and the green will probe as a female. Once they get over a year or two, or reach 6 feet or so, they can be easily spur sexed. I have two photos below of female and male spurs on juvenile greens that are each 7 to 8 feet in length. In the upper photo, the female spurs have already recessed into the body, and only the small cavity containing the spur can be seen in the left and right center of the photo. There is no external spur structure visible. In the lower photo, a side view shows the male spur as almost completely external, and attached to a short appendage. In this male, the spurs were of a lighter color, as they are typically darker than this. Hope this helps with your questions.

Kelly






   

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