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    Help? Probing problem.

    Iíve had my snake for 5 years. She is five years old. I got her when she was just a hatchling from a reputable breeder in my city. Sold to me as a female. I asked them at the time how they sexed her they told me they popped her (which is easy to do on hatchlings). But I plan to breed her at some point. She weighs around 2000g. I probed her just to be sure and I accidentally used a small probe and probed a little deeper on one side than the other. The other one probed shallow only around 4 scales. The other one confused me around 5 scales... but when I used a bigger probe they were the same depth. So then I tried popping. She was relaxed and I got no hemipens. Some people say itís easy to pop adults once you get the hang of it and others say itís difficult. Ahhhh I donít know what to do. I mean could I bring her to the vet and get a blood test or ultrasound? I feel worried sheís actually male. But now Iím very confused? Using the larger probe itís the same depth but using a smaller one itís different. I donít understandddd. Also Iíve never seen sperm plugs as long as Iíve owned her.


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    Re: Help? Probing problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by Medduussa View Post
    I got her when she was just a hatchling from a reputable breeder in my city. Sold to me as a female.
    Mistakes by reputable breeders are uncommon--online sales = completely different story.

    I pop hatchlings for the first few weeks-I find it is fairly reliable during this age. I probe past a few months old. A probe that is too small has the potential to reach further into the tail tip. An inappropriately small sized probe will act like a spear and pierce through tissue and will also give you an inaccurate reading (and will injure the snake to some extent).

    Based on your description it sounds like all evidence gathered indicates female.
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    Re: Help? Probing problem.

    Honestly popping is the easiest and realistically the most effective and safest less stressful. All u need is one hand u dont need to bend anything or pull anything or roll anything its litterally as simple as pressing right below the vent with a finger on the back side to give u something to push against. Its honestly best to get good with a male because u know for sure if ur doing it right. Once u get it, its easy.

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    Re: Help? Probing problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tmacsballs View Post
    Honestly popping is the easiest and realistically the most effective and safest less stressful. All u need is one hand u dont need to bend anything or pull anything or roll anything its litterally as simple as pressing right below the vent with a finger on the back side to give u something to push against. Its honestly best to get good with a male because u know for sure if ur doing it right. Once u get it, its easy.
    I agree with you, Iíve been practicing on my female because I donít have a male nor do I know where I could practice on one. But Iím pretty sure Iím doing it right on my female anyways. Iím 99% positive a hemipene would have made an appearance by now thereís no way she could hold one in. I think I got a good technique because her tiny little scent glands come out along with a bit of flesh but no hemipenes!


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