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How do you determine gender of a ball python snake?

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January 03, 2008 5:50AM

There are two methods to determine a snake's gender, "popping" and "probing". Popping is a method of squeezing the tale which will expose the sexual organs (called hemipenes) on male snakes. The other method, probing, involves inserting a probe into the pocket behind the anal slit to determine the size of the pocket, from which the gender can be determined. Probing is more definitive, but is a more delicate procedure you may want to leave to a vet. Popping is safe and easy, although failure to expose the hemipenes may indicate a female when the subject is actually a male.