bloody sperm plugs?:


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I have a tamative male ive had for about a year maybe less and hes been giving out sperm plugs since i had him but today i noticed it looksed bloody im not sure what could have cause it but im a littler worried. i would love some info or advice on what it could be ive never seen it before.

here of some pics of the sperm plug, at least thats what i think it is and heres a pic of my tamative





Zach Valois

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I suggest looking at the 2nd page of this thread. Dr. O makes some fantastic points about the nature of rectal bleeding (whatever the source may be).

Although I have never seen this in chams, I have seem this in a number of other lizards and snakes. With both taxon groups, I have often seen bleeding in the beginning of the breeding season or with the onset of sexual maturity. Bleeding observed as dried blood around the everted hemipene of a snake, around the cloacal regions of either sex, dabbing spots in the cage, or on sperm plugs. I usually dismiss this with little regard and simply watch for the build up of debris (aspen or other bedding types in snake hemipenes), any degree of swelling or apparent discomfort or change in behavior, off-smelling bowel movements, etc. I would advise GENTLY palpating the hemipene region and see if you feel anything that seems odd, fluid pockets, clotting, etc, in addition, to watching for a response from your animal that denotes a particular sensitivity or pain/nerve response.

Of course, a clinic visit is always advisable and Dr. Laurel Harris of Wasatch Exotic Pet Care is probably the most notable and trusted exotics vet in northern Utah.

I would prepare fresh fecal samples, sperm plugs, and be prepared to give a full breakdown explaining husbandry (she requests this as records for any patient).

Outside of that, watch for a abnormalities in terms of external observations of the hemipenal region, overall appearance, and general behavioral characteristics. If the hemipenes were somehow damaged and progress to an infection, this at some point, would be identifiable externally. It may be best to act upon this before an infection can start. I personally tend to go about such things more "organically".

Anyone else have some input?

All the best,



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thanks zach :) i already looked him over he seems fine eats runs around still the same just saw that this morning and it worried me :/
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