Spines near cloaca

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  1. Brooklyn Whyte

    Brooklyn Whyte New Member

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    On my 5yr moreilla bredli
    .. i have discovered a hooked spine on either side of her body near her cloaca. What are they?
     
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    Buggster Well-Known Member

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    ‘Spurs’.
    I believe they are remnant legs.
     
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    Yup! They are vestigial organs meaning they are the remnants of legs :)
    In some species males actually use the spurs to ‘tickle’ the females and see if there ready for breeding.
    It’s more common for them to be bigger in males than females :)


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  4. richyboa72

    richyboa72 Well-Known Member

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    Yes there’s spurs,boa constrictor males are quite sharp sometimes,this is one of my breeders snakes using them on the female


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    So females and males haave them?
     
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    Yep, male's spurs a generally more noticeable that females though.
     
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