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Male or female?? Help.

Discussion in 'Snakes' started by DeadlySin, Jan 8, 2019.


  1. DeadlySin

    DeadlySin PetForums Newbie

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    Hello everyone, good morning! I bought a baby corn snake about almost two months ago and from the stuff I've been reading looks like it might be a male but I would like to see what you guys think.

    I also have a baby cali king snake and I think it might be a female I could be wrong. The pet shop I bought these two snakes from didnt know the gender they dont probe the snakes there.
     
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    DeadlySin PetForums Newbie

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    This is my baby stripped albino cornsnake.
     

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    DeadlySin PetForums Newbie

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    And this is my cali king snake
     

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    Acidic Angel Your ego does not surpass your pets wellbeing

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    Being honest sexing them visually is a 50/50 thing, even more so with babies or young snakes.

    You'd be better either taking them to a vet/reptile specialist who can sex them via popping, or waiting until they're older and taking them to a vet/specialist to be probed.
    Popping is only 100% for males, roughly 50/50 for females. Probing isn't 100% for either and could still be wrong, but is correct most of the time.
     
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    Teddy-dog PetForums VIP

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    Agree with @Acidic Angel you can’t really tell with corns and kings visually. You’d have to take them someone to be popped/probed.
    But if you’re not planning on breeding does it matter? I have a ‘male’ kingsnake. I don’t know he’s male, visually he looks like he could be but that is inaccurate but I call him a he and he doesn’t seem to mind :D I have no plans to breed so don’t see the point in putting him through the stress of someone probing!
     
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    I agree, it's not important unless you were going to breed of course. I know how to pop royal pythons but I hate doing it
     
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    Lots of useful advice already been given - I would just add personally I'd never pop any snake over 6 months old, as they mature their muscles develop more and more pressure is needed to pop so it's only something I use on fresh hatchlings.

    Checking shed skins can also be telling - works better in adults since they are larger. If you check around the anal scale in a good intact shed - you might be able to tell if you have a female or male, normally you'll need multiple good sheds in order to compare and decide
     
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    Acidic Angel Your ego does not surpass your pets wellbeing

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    This is a good point- Though looking at the two snakes they look to be small enough to pop still.
    I personally only pop mine when they're less than a month old, but that's because I breed so it's easiest for me to pop everyone after their first shed and then check again a week later to double check the sexes.

    I am also experienced in popping slightly older, and I can say for sure it's not as easy as a new hatchling.
    I have experience probing smaller snakes and the equipment to do so as well, but I really don't like to. It's risky enough to do something wrong with an adult, let alone a very small baby.
     
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    Paul kelsall PetForums Newbie

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    I have both a Cali king and albino corn both just over 2 years old, once you get to know your snakes you can nearly accurately guess the sex by keeping a tab on there activities during different times of the year ie mating seasons
     
  10. Acidic Angel

    Acidic Angel Your ego does not surpass your pets wellbeing

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    This is very inaccurate as both males and females react to breeding season :) I could honestly not tell you, if I didn't know the sex of all my snakes already, which ones of mine were male or female based on their behaviour in breeding season.
    If this was accurate it would also only work for mature snakes.
     
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