DETERMINING THE GENDER OF PYGMY MONITORS



hi guys and welcome to Sugarland Animal Hospital my name is dr. Mike I've got another couple of surprises for you today we've got two little monitor lizards in today these guys once known as pygmy mole monitors now these guys central Australian species so you probably won't see them in Bundaberg these are part of a captive collection that I'm going to be checking over today one of them got a little sick earlier during the week so I'm going to make sure these guys getting the same thing but they're a beautiful monitor I really love these guys we've had a lace monitor in earlier this year which is about a hundred times the size but it's really nice to see that these are actual adult size lizards almost fully grown and that's probably why they call them the pygmy monitor and they usually eat insects and crickets and mealworms and in the wild they'll grab whatever sort of jumps in front of them the very good hunters and you know very much very athletic they can climb very quickly up trees and hide into nooks and crannies very quickly these guys are a little bit more relaxed so here we are the pygmy monitor so this little guy we're actually going to test and to see if it's a boy or a girl I'm not sure if you can see this but it's actually born with a little mutation there and he's from there he can't quite use that very well we can see there it's a little bit stumpy and missing some fingers there but he gets around fine and he eats fine and he climbs really well so he's really adapted very well but when we're trying to find the six of these guys it's a little bit you know awkward these reptiles are born with two appendages so if they're male they'll have to what we call Hemi penis and they living in the tail so if we have a look here we can see if you do it just right we can maybe see one get one two prolapse out from the tail bass it's a bit of a trick to it and I don't enjoy it very much just get in to pop it out if you can see that little red object popping out there that's his route let's see asserts his Hemi pain and he'll have another one on the other side there and that detects it is a is a male and a little bit invasive but a quick way to tell if they're a male or female so this is your fully grown female which is about four years old you see she's a little bit bigger than the other kids we just had they're about two years old you'll notice that they sort of shed their skin all the time that's quite normal and they're just sort of like bits of skin as they grow and feed it's also a way to ensure they have a very nice protective coat skin barrier against parasites and bacteria this girl's very active she's very good condition you can see the tail here is really nice and fatty so it's got lots of got a bit of storage there so often eating very well she's very energetic she's also you can see there's no can't really see any rips or spines sticking out so she's very good condition she's eating well full of energy and climbing well and bright as a button as you can see beautiful idea

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