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Old 11-07-18, 03:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Probing

So I've never probed a snake before, I'm trying to figure out the sex of my ball python, Zhang (10-11 months old). There is a very good and reputable reptile vet about 55 minutes away from us, but I would have to make an appointment, which costs money, which I'm kind of hard-pressed for at the moment. There is also a breeder an hour away, who I am going to contact and see if he's willing to sex him for me. If he is not, should I spend the money and take Zhang to the vet? Or can I probe him/her myself? I've watched several videos on how to do it, and I am pretty confident that I can do it, but I am very hesitant to, and would like to know other peoples opinions on this...
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Old 11-07-18, 05:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I contacted the breeder and he is willing to sex Zhang for me.
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Old 11-07-18, 05:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Perfect! Usually reptile expos or consulting a breeder is best for these things and I am glad you have it covered.
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Old 11-07-18, 05:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah I'm definitely glad I don't have to do it
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Old 11-07-18, 08:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Oh cool. Glad to know he's willing to help you out.
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Old 11-08-18, 08:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Probing

Have the breeder show you how to do it, buy a set of probes, and you won't have to ask anyone else again.
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Old 11-08-18, 04:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Probing

When my remaining 2016 Dominican boas reached one year old I bought a set of probes and sexed them myself. Really easy to tell males from females, just be very gentle so you don't injure the snake.
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