Hemipene out while on my hand!?

Richardl046

New Member
I was adding some sticks to his enclosure, so he was stressed out. He came over and wanted me to pick him up. So, I picked him up then he started doing a “dance”. He grabs my hand tightly and scoots himself around on my hand.(He’s done this a few times) Then when I look down I saw part of his hemipene out. I quickly put him back and left him alone for a while. He is nearly 1 year old and a veiled chameleon.(I’ve had him majority of his life) Is this something to worry about? Or is the just a case of hormones from his new age? Any help appreciated.
 

nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
He was just happy to see you. They can also come out occasionally during bath time.

So either:
happy to see you
trying to assert dominance
trying to mark territory
 

Persnickety Parson's

Chameleon Enthusiast
I know male snapping turtles will use that as a last ditch effort to drive off something that has made them very frightened or angry.

I've never seen them on content specimens.
 
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