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    my boy, chi-chi, is almost 2 years old and still hasn't developed his testicular appendages, so i'm wondering why. his health and activity level are normal but his masculinity is not.

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    Very cute.

    Also, for some reason the photos make me laugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squirrelman#100 View Post
    my boy, chi-chi, is almost 2 years old and still hasn't developed his testicular appendages, so i'm wondering why. his health and activity level are normal but his masculinity is not.
    I understand without seeing obvious testes it's difficult to tell male from female due to the vagina also having
    a protrusion and the only way to be sure is by the distance of the penis to the butt hole just like with squirrels.
    I understand you've had for two years but are you sure he's a he? ...Just asking.

    It is normal that a male's testes stay hidden up in their body cavity and only rappel down for the breeding season.
    A female only has one fertile period per year. I do not know the answer as to if a male drops naturally according to
    a breeding season or if there needs to be a fertile female presence around. ...but now I'm curious.
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    my first pd was well-endowed at about 8 months old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock Monkey View Post
    Very cute.

    Also, for some reason the photos make me laugh.
    like he's a clown trying to look dignified.

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    Not unusual when both testes are un-descended, I don't know what health concerns that
    could involve but with the help of a veterinarian it could be reversed fairly easy so I hear.
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    no big deal i guess as my first pd with big balls was a frequent biter, and this guy has never bitten even once.

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    Ohhh, tubby with the toes stick'in out! Pay per hug?

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    Quote Originally Posted by squirrelman#100 View Post
    my first pd was well-endowed at about 8 months old.
    My primary is the grey squirrel and I've seen the same variation between wondering where they are
    to holy cow! Every time I see one of the well endowed slamming them every time they land a jump
    ...it makes me cringe.


    Quote Originally Posted by squirrelman#100 View Post
    no big deal i guess as my first pd with big balls was a frequent biter, and this guy has never bitten even once.
    Your first pd would have had higher testosterone levels then this one so the biting/aggression is not that surprising.
    With this guy having two un-descended testes he would show a testosterone deficiency. The up side is the sweet
    no biter and likely calmer boy that you have. The down side to two un-descended testes is the risk of cancer is higher
    for them then the general male population.

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    This guy is adorable, I can just see the personality.
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    this was Cheeky, my first pd

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    he had a bad fall, injured his teeth and died of odontoma 2 years later at 5 years old.
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    it is with enormous pride and pleasure that i can now announce that my boy has finally developed his testes at 10 months old.

    i'm just hoping his sweet disposition won't change and that he never becomes aggressive and bitey like my last pd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squirrelman#100 View Post
    it is with enormous pride and pleasure that i can now announce that my boy has finally developed his testes at 10 months old.

    i'm just hoping his sweet disposition won't change and that he never becomes aggressive and bitey like my last pd.
    Just realize that for squirrels territorial disputes can literally be a matter of life and death. For instance concerning who gets the best home or best territory with the most food. Both are critical to improving one's odds of surviving the winter. Also the dominant male has the better chance of passing on his genes.

    There is primal wiring at work. Aggression will be met with aggression. If he gets territorial try to verbally deescalate the situation, reassure him that everything is okay, your voice will remind him of your bond, and stop moving in if he exhibits territorial agitation.

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    Have you considered having him neutered? My vet swears it helps with aggressive dispositions. And if Iím not mistaken, it helps with cancer and other issues in the same way it does for dogs and cats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    Have you considered having him neutered? My vet swears it helps with aggressive dispositions. And if Iím not mistaken, it helps with cancer and other issues in the same way it does for dogs and cats.
    no ! i'd have myself neutered b4 my sweet boy.
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