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    Default How common is a spurless male?

    I have a male boa, and am not questioning that fact at all as I know Gus passed him to Legacy as a male and they sold him to me as a male.

    I was holding him today, and I noticed he has no visible spurs, nor could I feel any spurs. He is under a year old so I'm not sure if that makes a difference.

    Is it common for males not to have spurs? Also would it hinder any type of breeding/courtship for a male to be spurless?

    I will never breed him, but I'm curious to know more about him because I've read courtship involves vigorous spurring by the male over the female's body.

    Again, I'm not questioning the sex of the snake as 2 experts have stated he's male and I do not doubt it.


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    Could be a female. Anyone can make a mistake. Generally, males will have noticeable spurs - especially as they hit physical maturity.

    jb

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    Maybe they are small or smaller than you would expect.

    I've got an old BP that had his spurs fall off. I found them in his cage.

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    Damn, that's a good looking boa! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bayou Exotics View Post
    Damn, that's a good looking boa! LOL
    Looks like a spoiled boa!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Brady View Post
    Could be a female. Anyone can make a mistake. Generally, males will have noticeable spurs - especially as they hit physical maturity.

    jb
    I'd be really surprised just because he would have to make it passed 2 breeders doing probes? I have no idea and to be honest I know very little about popping, probing and tail length other than what I've read.

    We have a female Royal that has spurs, and while not huge spurs, I can easily see them. I looked at the boa today closely and felt for them both directions on his body and there is nothing. I've heard its possible for males not to have spurs or have small spurs but not sure how common an occurrence it is.

    He has only been living since 06-27-12 so he's not that old at all. Maybe they will become more prominent as he matures.

    Do you folks that breed usually probe and know the sex correctly 90% of the time prior to shipping?

    I'd just be very surprised if he was a she.

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    Meant to like. Didn't mean to dislike.

    Silver spoon. He won't know how to act in society! LOL
    Last edited by Bayou Exotics; 05-09-2013 at 11:28 PM. Reason: LIKE Skip's post!

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    Palpate the tail and feel bb's(hemipenes).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bayou Exotics View Post
    Palpate the tail and feel bb's(hemipenes).
    There ya go!Google it, there is a good video or 2 showing how to do it!And males are the best to learn on!But gus most likely is right hes sexed a lot of boas.But it can happen.
    Last edited by gottabsleeved; 05-09-2013 at 11:38 PM.

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    There have been many mistakes in sexing, send me your phone # in a PM and I will gladly "walk" you through the process of palpating.
    Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking.

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