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Biologists on Wednesday reported the spectacular discovery of a species of giant lizard, a reptile as long as a full-grown man is tall, and endowed with a double penis.
The secretive but brightly-coloured beast, a monitor lizard, is a close cousin of the Komodo Dragon of Indonesia.
But unlike the fearsone Dragon, it is not a carnivore, nor does it feast on rotting meat. Instead, it is entirely peaceable and tucks into fruit.
Dubbed Varanus bitatawa, the lizard measures two metres (6.5 feet) in length, according to the account, published by Britain's Royal Society.
The only finds of comparable importance in recent decades are the Kipunji monkey, which inhabits a tiny range of forest in Tanzania, and the Saola, a forest-dwelling bovine found only in Vietnam and Laos.
hat thing is huge! And 2 penis's!...penis'... something like that.
Lizards and snakes:
"The male lizard has a copulatory organ, either a single penis (turtles and tortoises, crocodilians) or a pair of hemipenes (lizards, snakes) that can often be seen as two bulges behind the cloaca at the base of the tail. The penis or hemipenis is not connected to the urinary tract, and is strictly an organ of reproduction. --www.exoticpetvet.net...
Males have a double penis, called hemipenes, also found in some snakes and other lizards. The two penises are often used in alternation, and sometimes contain spines or hooks that serve to anchor the male within the female during intercourse
# reptiles (in reptile (animal): Courtship and fertilization; ...that of the female. The male then discharges semen into the female’s cloaca. In all other reptiles, males have either a penis (as in turtles [order Testudines] and crocodiles [order Crocodylia]) or hemipenes (as in lizards and snakes [order Squamata]). The penis is a homologue of the mammalian penis, and its presence in reptiles indicates that this organ arose early in the evolution of the... in reptile (animal): Digestive and urogenital systems ) ...through the male’s cloaca into that of the female during copulation. Unlike the penis of turtles and crocodiles, the copulatory organ of lizards and snakes is paired, with each unit being called a hemipenis. The hemipenes of lizards and snakes are elongated tubular structures lying in the tail. The penis of a crocodile or turtle is protruded through the cloacal opening wholly by means of a...
Originally posted by VintageEnvy
Ok, I'm an animal lover but if something can't show love or content (ie:snakes, reptiles, etc.) im generally kind of grossed out by it. So I thought it was great but gross reading about the newly discovered man-sized lizard until I got to the words, double penis.
As my body slowly deflated and fell to the floor in a pale husk the thinking behind something having two penisesesss just doesn't make sense to me. Do the females have 2 vaginas? Are they a penis battling species at risk of losing one of their precious members in a battle with other males for a chance to mate with said 2 vagineod females? Does one of their penisesesss flop off and wiggle to distract preditors why they thunder away safe to lizard around another day?
It's a sad day and age when someone announced the discovery of something as cool as this and I can't get over the two penisesess. BTW, is it penis, penises, penis', or penisi..like a plural octopus? Now there's a mystery!
Any way, this is a fantastic find ... If an animal this big can go unnoticed for so long it just goes to show how mush there still is to know about our world.
Great post though. I love seeing new species being discovered, especially "giant" ones that you'd think we'd have already discovered if scientists really know as much as they put on.