Probing discharge

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Probing discharge

Postby MJ Fourie » Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:19 pm

While probing a male snake some sort of disharge came out with the probe. It did not smell. A small piece of dried blood also came out with the discharge.
Please help?? What could this be???
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Re: Probing discharge

Postby Snakes4Africa » Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:22 pm

Sperm plug.
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Re: Probing discharge

Postby Reptiles Unlimited » Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:29 pm

Snakes4Africa wrote:Sperm plug.

Agreed.
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Re: Probing discharge

Postby MJ Fourie » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:02 pm

Thanks! What is a sperm plug?
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Re: Probing discharge

Postby imperial exotix » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:20 pm

You might of went to deep
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Re: Probing discharge

Postby Carpetpythons » Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:44 am

Sperm
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Re: Probing discharge

Postby Snakes4Africa » Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:49 am

imperial exotix wrote:You might of went to deep


Huh?

A sperm plug is a mall amount of dried sperm that is naturally present in mature males around breeding season.
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Re: Probing discharge

Postby Bushviper » Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:27 pm

Besides a sperm plug it could also be shedded skin. Snakes shed the skins off the hemipenes too and sometimes this does not happen. As a result there is a build up of dead skin which causes a blockage. If you massage the snake tail this can be expelled and then you can probe to the real depth. This is usually quite hard and would not be considered a discharge.
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Re: Probing discharge

Postby MJ Fourie » Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:07 am

Thank you everybody! :D
After googling sperm plug, I am sure that it is the hemipenal sheds that I saw, ! :smt004
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