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Posted by Bill Moss on April 24, 2003 at 06:57:00:
In Reply to: Alligator jaws, soft spot? - MUSK GLANDS posted by DocCroc on April 23, 2003 at 17:58:47:
The musk glands are present in both sexes of all crocodilians. In addition to the location under the jaw, there are also a pair just inside the cloaca. I haven't personally studied them but from what I've read, they are used both as a positive social signal (ie courting activities) and as a negative social signal (ie captured or stressed, possibly as a warning to other crocodilians as well). The difference may be in the quantity of "musk" released. If anyone knows more, please jump in.
Enjoy the Sarcosuchus exhibit, it is pretty impressive! It's awe inspiring to think that these predators once thrived.
:Does the male gator only have the musk glands or both sexes do have them? Does it have anything to do with identifying the sex of the gator? Is the American gators only croc carrying them? I donít see any glands on my spectacled caiman, dwarf caimans. What do the glands do? Make a scent that scare animals away just like skunk does that or breeding purpose???
:Iíve been so busy with my new coming website that you guys will be enjoying it.
:My girlfriend and I will drive to Raleigh, North Carolina tomorrow. I will be visiting the Super Croc (Sarcosuchus imperator) model/skull at the Raleigh museum. I am pretty excited to see Paul Serenoís discovery. I will post pictures after I have it developed. Anyone here lives near Raleigh NC and would like to meet croc keeper/enthusiastic like me at the museum? E-Mail me at DocCrocodylidae@aol.com. I would need to know by tonight if anyone of you wants to meet up.
:Iíll have lot of fun this weekend seeing the super croc and alligator adventure in Myrtle Beach. Iíll share my experience/adventure when I return home.