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RE: poor tongue shot

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Posted by: bigdogreps at Thu Feb 19 06:53:53 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by bigdogreps ]  
   

Definitely a. What I dont know is if this was an injury of sorts, or a genetic defect that I failed to notice initially as I had many babies, or a nutritional issue that is only effecting a small amount. wish I knew more of the mechanics of how the tongue works. I have the basic idea but you would think if it was a muscular issue the tongue would lose its ability to shoot and actually hang out of its mouth. It almost seems the tongue is too short as it only extends past the tip of their snout. In the wild they would quickly perish but in captivity no problem running over to the corner of the cage and grabbing the excess of food always available to them so they easily thrive and these "defected" chams are doing very well. If I knew for sure it was a genetic thing I would not want to perpetuate this gene but according to another very large breeder I talked to who has seen it all it is not uncommon to have genetic flaws in a clutch that does not present itself in the parents and only effects a small percentage of the clutch. You just dont know but my goal is to thrive for excellence in my breeding stock.


   

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