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RE: Spurs of a plated lizard

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Posted by: 7serpents at Sat Dec 1 22:49:15 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by 7serpents ]  
   

Both sexes in Gerrhosaurus and Zonosaurus species have waxy secretions out of the femoral pores along with spurs. The males tend to excrete long spiral type secretions, especially during the breeding season which is usually Nov thru Feb in the USA. The Picture shows small bulb type secretions from the femoral pores but no Hemipene bulges at the tail base, both sexes have spurs of which the males tend to be stocker/or longer depending on species. This animal appears FEMALE, has anyone checked for sperm plugs? or during excitment male will deficate heavily also enhancing the Hemipenes to appear out of the cloacal vent. This is usually when the are removed from cage nonconformant to routine keeper has set.

As far as the species goes coloration is local specific in the ranges of the species. One cannot identify by color alone, scale size/layout on the head with body structure is a good indicator along with a few of the main species markings such as horizontal lines, side or belly spotting, and males tend to have brighter orange/red color during mating season.

If you want identification post mutiple pictures of sides, underside, top, and especially head pictures. Also the texture and arrangement of scales is a good identifer of subspecies and or region specific range. Comparing pictures alone is not enough information know body structure, size, and diet tells alot. Most of the Gerrrhosaurus species are Insectivorous only.


   

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