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Posted by kiwisue on May 13, 2003 at 07:06:25:
In Reply to: mating behaviour? and subcutaneous parasites? posted by Brian-SFCRC on May 12, 2003 at 06:18:44:
:SOUTHERN FLORIDA CORUCIA RESEARCH CENTER (SFCRC)
:Due to the post-shed, she may be a liitle itchy. A Corucia tail is a Extremely sensitive,flexable appendage. In our experience, This is not an initative of the mating process. A Corucia male in typical Scincidae fashion, we encircle the female and then grab her at the nape of the neck, then the tails come into play.
:Probably your situation isn't this, unless you were pinching the back of her neck at the time LOL.
:Yes, Filarial worms can be a problem. As to the lump, when you feel it..is it hard-soft?
::So...I have a question about something Dill does...
::When we rub the area right where her tail joins her body, Dill lifts her tail...the more we rub, the higher her tail goes. If we rub on either side of this area, she lifts her tail, as well as leaning her tail toward the side we are rubbing.
::Does she do this just because it feels good to have her back scratched a little, or are we simulating some sort of mating ritual? And her lifting her tail like that is indicating receptivness????
::Also, I'm wondering if PTS can also get filarial worms(?correct name?). I'm referring to the worms that live under the skin.
::Does that type of worm remain fairly stationary, or do they move around a lot?
::I'm wondering about an area on Dills side, that seems to be ever so slightly raised...but has not changed position over the last three days. I don't recall feeling it there prior to that.
::Thanks for any insight you can provide!
I live in Australia. I have a baby blue tongue, and she does exactly what you describe...if you stroke her on the point where her tail joins her body/ back legs, she curls the tip of her tail up higher and higher. I would like to think its cos she's enjoying it!!... but it's probably just a reflex. I have no scientific knowledge to answer your question - just thought I'd share that my skink has the same behaviour.