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New sexing technique for Blue-Tongue Skinks

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:41 am
by Malley87
:)

Re: New sexing technique for Blue-Tongue Skinks

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:18 am
by Susann
Thank you so much for sharing this here! We look forward to hearing more about it.
Do you know if anyone here in the US are doing these?

Re: New sexing technique for Blue-Tongue Skinks

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:59 pm
by Malley87
I wouldn't imagine there would be anyone in the US using this technique. It was presented at an unusual pet conference late last year, and there was an American keynote speaker, Stephen Divers, so unless he has told people about it, it is unlikely. However, the equipment used to perform this technique is readily available in every vet clinic, so there is no reason why vets over there couldn't start using it. Identifying sex using this technique does require some level of experience with it, but everyone has to start somewhere, and once this experience is achieved, it is a very accurate method to identify sex in mature animals. I am currently assessing it's accuracy in animals as young as 2 months, very exciting times!

Re: New sexing technique for Blue-Tongue Skinks

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:25 pm
by Meeper
I actually showed this to one of my DVMs... He seemed confused. Lol. We then proceeded to have a long Google session of lizard anatomy!!

Re: New sexing technique for Blue-Tongue Skinks

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:43 pm
by Malley87
What did you/he find confusing about it Meeper? I'd be happy to clarify. The poster is more aimed at keepers in the hobby, not vets or scientific folk.

Re: New sexing technique for Blue-Tongue Skinks

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:45 pm
by Meeper
Oh, he's a small animal vet, he finds reptiles perplexing, lol.

Re: New sexing technique for Blue-Tongue Skinks

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 3:49 pm
by Edward
Fascinating. It could solve the ages-old problem of sexing/breeding BTS. This could be a game-changer. Very exciting. :thumbs:

Re: New sexing technique for Blue-Tongue Skinks

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 7:02 am
by nbtsowner
This might also apply to monitors as well.

Re: New sexing technique for Blue-Tongue Skinks

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:34 pm
by Malley87
It could work on goannas too, yes. It might potentially work on a large variety of sexually monomorphic lizard species. Would just have to test it on animals of known sex first to see if it works! Exciting stuff!

Re: New sexing technique for Blue-Tongue Skinks

Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:14 am
by kingofnobbys
My experience with the local vets here (Newcastle NSW) is that they are very hit and miss with reptiles, I doubt any here would know anything about this method (and they'd most likely suggest a more intrusive and expensive sexing method).