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Pictures of 'self everting' event


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Posted by Serpwidgets on April 30, 2003 at 03:32:49:

I've mentioned this a few times recently, so I thought I'd post pictures of it so people know what I'm talking about.

Probing and popping all have margins of error, even when the experts do it. The thing I like about this is that it's 100% proof that you've got a male. Best I can tell anyway... I doubt a female will ever evert her hemipenes. ;)

Before it happens, he'll lift his entire tail in the air. Then out come the hemis:

They don't come out any farther than this, and I'm pretty sure this is not the entire hemipene.

Then they retract, and leave this behind:

The other important observation I've made about this is that it's only good for saying, "it's a male." If he doesn't do this, it doesn't prove he's not a male. Also, just because a male does this doesn't mean he's sure to breed, or that he'll be potent.



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