Why is my Boa sticking his hemipenes out?

Why is my Boa sticking his hemipenes out?

Postby Mr Venom » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:34 pm

Good evening everyone.

This week my Salmon Boa has been playing in his waterbowel more than usaul and has made a mess in his tank. So I decided to put him in the bath for a little bit more of a soak.

Now I went to go take him out, and his hemipenes were exposed?

Should I be stressed?

What is going on?

Please help me out on this one.
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Re: Why is my Boa sticking his hemipenes out?

Postby strictlyconstrict » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:52 pm

have the hemipenes retracted? if not post a pic so members can get a better look
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Re: Why is my Boa sticking his hemipenes out?

Postby Mr Venom » Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:26 am

He retracted them when I took him out of the bath.

I got a good stare at them, and there was no discoloration or anything.
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Re: Why is my Boa sticking his hemipenes out?

Postby Bushviper » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:26 am

Sometimes it happens when they pass faeces as well. As long as it is retracting easily I would not worry.
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Re: Why is my Boa sticking his hemipenes out?

Postby Mr Venom » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:46 pm

Thank you very much Arno, he did retract them.

I am so releaved!
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Re: Why is my Boa sticking his hemipenes out?

Postby Jamster » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:54 pm

I have heard of snakes shedding their hemipenes as well lutvo.
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Re: Why is my Boa sticking his hemipenes out?

Postby insaniac » Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:24 pm

They don't actually shed the hemipenes, it's sperm plugs that get expelled by sticking to the skin as it sloughs off.

Google it, very glad we don't exhibit such behaviour.. :-D
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Re: Why is my Boa sticking his hemipenes out?

Postby CarlaSmit87 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:35 pm

He was just showing off.... Typical male ;)
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Re: Why is my Boa sticking his hemipenes out?

Postby Jamster » Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:46 pm

Thanks insaniac, so essentially the hemipenes get covered in excess sperm and then it sloughes off in the shape of a shedding?
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Re: Why is my Boa sticking his hemipenes out?

Postby Bushviper » Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:28 pm

The skin covering the hemipenes is shed like the skin that we see on the outside of the snake. You can often see it attached to the shedding. Look carefully.
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Re: Why is my Boa sticking his hemipenes out?

Postby Jamster » Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:05 pm

Thanks BV, I thought so. I have seen anaconda hemipenal shedding.
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