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Old 06-07-2002, 02:58 AM
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Do reptiles have penises? Do birds? Do whales?

Also... do amphibians and/or fish? Or are mammals the only

animal with an actual external organ (obviously the whale is a

mammal, but I still don't know if they do)?

If not, how do they fertilize the egg?

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Old 06-07-2002, 03:05 AM
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Re: Do reptiles have penises? Do birds? Do whales?

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Originally posted by Sakurako
Also... do amphibians and/or fish? Or are mammals the only

animal with an actual external organ (obviously the whale is a

mammal, but I still don't know if they do)?

If not, how do they fertilize the egg?

Thanks,

Sakurako
Everything that is not an invertebrate tends to have a penis. ^_^

Some types of aquatic sea life have developed rather, err, odd systems but. . . . even then they generaly have something that EQUATES to a penis.

Whales have HUUUGE penises.

Can anybody confirm about the invertebrate part? I do believe that it is anything from that stage on, but I am not 100% sure as in exactly what evolutionary stage the shlong came about in.

It was pretty darn early on though. ^_^
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Old 06-07-2002, 04:37 AM
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The whale penis is in fact called a dork. You learn some interesting stuff from watching National Geographic.
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Old 06-07-2002, 05:14 AM
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Amphibians generally just cling together and squirt their gametes out into the water, mixing them up in the process, same for fish.

Birds don't have penises, they just carefully align their cloacal openings.

There are probably numerous exceptions to the above, for example sharks (fish) have a structure that is pretty much like a penis (actually a male shark has two of them).
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Old 06-07-2002, 05:58 AM
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For an account of how the whalers used to use a hollowed out whale penis as a mackintosh, read Moby Dick

I'm finding it hard to believe I wrote that last sentence.
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I've seen signs in Hong Kong advertising Snake Penis Oil
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Old 06-07-2002, 06:35 AM
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Reptiles also have penises, and most have two. They are called hemipenes, are housed internally in males just at the base of the tail, and are everted when needed. But they only use one penis at a time, usually the on the side next to the female, although some individuals seem to have a preference, kinda like being left- or right-handed.
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Old 06-07-2002, 07:28 AM
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Invertebrate porn

Most insects also have penises, and enjoy penetrative sex. However, other invertebrates vary. Molluscs have penises. But particularly for those dwelling in water, external fertilisation is also common, similar to what occurs in fish and amphibians. And some invertebrates reproduce asexually.

Insects exhibit a particularly wide range of genitals, with many females having multiple openings to receive sperm, some even on their heads. Some insects are even able to play music by rubbing their penises against their bodies: see earthlife.net/insects/lepidop2.html
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Old 06-07-2002, 07:28 AM
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I just found this site for Japan Snake Center http://chowchow.gr.jp/inova/sunake/esnake.html
but it is very hard to understand... very poor English translation. It is the only site I could find about snake or reptile or amphibian penises.

Its difficult to search for this on Google and actually get the informaton I need.

So, it seems like mammals are really the only animals with external penises?
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Old 06-07-2002, 08:28 AM
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I knew a man who had a cane reputedly made from the penis bone of a whale. I'm not sure if it was for real.

I do know that there is an odd set of rules about which mammals have penis bones and which do not; humans, of course, do not. I believe some of the primates share this trait, I'm not sure. This led Eric Von Danniken(sp?) in the 70's to theorize that humans are aliens living on earth, or that humans are the genetically engineered progeny of aliens, or aliens and primates, whatever. I think it just meant Eric needed to take his damned Depakote.

Anyone with more accurate info on the subject?

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Old 06-07-2002, 09:24 AM
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Skip, you got a cite for that? The OED says "dork" is a general term for penis, regardless of species, although the references refer exclusively to humans. (Betcha didn't know they used a line from Portnoy's Complaint in there.)

I would really like to research the biological rules behind the appearance of a penile bone in mammals, but I'm at work and I just don't want to search the word "penis" in Google here.
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Old 06-07-2002, 09:25 AM
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Re: Re: Do reptiles have penises? Do birds? Do whales?

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Whales have HUUUGE penises.
As one might expect the largest animal in the world has the largest penis. The Blue Whale's penis measures in at 10 feet long and about 1 foot wide.

The Sperm Whale seems to come in second with a 9 foot long penis.

Trivia Note: The Sperm Whale is so called because early whalers thought all the white gooey stuff in its head was sperm (it isn't).
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Actually, some male birds do have a sort-of-penis, called an intromittent organ. Ostriches and some waterfowl. Otherwise, it's as Mangetout says: birds align their cloaca.

We call it a "cloacal kiss."
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I recall, hazily, from high school biology that planarians (aquatic flatworms) have penises.
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Old 06-07-2002, 11:51 AM
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Snakes actually have what are called hemepenes (I'm pretty sure it's -es rather than -is in this case). They are two separate penises that are tucked up inside the body and can evert either one of them at will.

As snake caretakers may know, male snakes occasionally have an, uh, buildup in this region. Most of the time they can expel this matter by everting the penis, but occasionally the matter requires medical attention.
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Old 06-07-2002, 12:26 PM
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- - - Field Notes: Snakes "do it" by coiling around each other, like a rope. It's easy to catch two snakes this way (even rattlesnakes), because neither can move well enough to bite or get away if you grab them by the tails, and they won't stop what they already started just because somebody is grabbing them. - DougC
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Old 06-07-2002, 01:03 PM
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We have a ulu from Alaska - the handle is made from a petrified walrus penis bone.
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Old 06-07-2002, 04:06 PM
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Apparently barnacles have the largest penis in proportion to their body size.
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Old 06-07-2002, 06:15 PM
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some birds have penises.

and HOW!
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Old 06-07-2002, 08:51 PM
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Do any animals lay eggs...
and then later, the male fertilizes them
after they are already far outside the female's body?

Also, do whales and snakes have to put their penis inside the
female animal... or is it more like birds... just aligning their body
parts?
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Old 06-07-2002, 09:39 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Sakurako
Do any animals lay eggs...
and then later, the male fertilizes them
after they are already far outside the female's body?
Many many types of marine invertebrates use this strategy. Coral, crustaceans, etc, etc.
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Old 06-08-2002, 12:01 AM
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Yes, reptiles have penises. They're just stored internally so you don't see them much.

Snakes, in fact, have two penises--called the "hemipenis." More accurately, they have a penis shaft that splits into two directions at the end. This is so they may penetrate the female from either side (snakes aren't big fans of being upside down, so missionary position is out).

My corn snake, Henry, recently had a hemipenile tumor removed. I don't know if that means he's penis-less or not, but I learned more about snake penile problems than I really needed to know.
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Old 06-08-2002, 02:24 AM
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some birds have penises.
and HOW!
What, no picture? *Pout*

(And where can I get a picture of a whale's penis, anyway? I thought the internet was supposed to have everything!)
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Old 06-08-2002, 03:14 AM
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you want a picture?

are you sure you want a picture? if you are a guy (sorry, i have no clue), you might not want a picture.

not because of Anatidaeic envy. i am serious.

mainly because even a seventeen inch (!!!) freddy looks pitiful when shriveled and corkscrewed.

anyway, okay. you've been warned.

jb

p.s.- it looks like what i think a gecko tongue looks like
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Old 06-08-2002, 07:35 AM
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Great link, Farley. I especially like
Quote:
stiff competition by drakes
it's priceless!

I have never seen a Gecko tongue. If it looks like that, I don't think I want to.

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Old 06-09-2002, 01:45 AM
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Looks like a really tenacious bowel movement.

And getting that in the female must be an all-day affair.

Now where's that whale penis pic???
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Old 06-09-2002, 05:00 AM
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Here's one of an Oklahoma tree frog doing it's thing as it were.

http://fazed.net/humor/images/ Once there scroll down on left to Treefrog.jpg.

Place has a BUNCH of pretty hilarious pictures.
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Re: Re: Re: Do reptiles have penises? Do birds? Do whales?

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Originally posted by Whack-a-Mole

Trivia Note: The Sperm Whale is so called because early whalers thought all the white gooey stuff in its head was sperm (it isn't).
Could you provide a cite?
I always assumed that the names occured the other way round. Some scientist views sperm cells for the first time and names them due to their resembance to a certain whale.

Then again, Melville gives the full name as Spermaceti whale. Cetus means whale. Which leaves me pondering the meaning of sperm. Which means, Whack may be right and I may have had whales and sperm backwards in my head all these years.
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Old 06-10-2002, 12:38 PM
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Doc: The OED backs Whack-a-Mole up. The sperm in "spermaceti" means exactly that. The substance primarily obtained from the head of the sperm whale was called spermaceti because the sailors thought it was whale sperm.

Additionally, the earliest use of 'spermaceti' dates from 1472, almost two hundred years before the invention of the microscope and the first recorded data on the viewing of spermatozoa.
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Old 06-10-2002, 04:00 PM
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We have a ulu from Alaska - the handle is made from a petrified walrus penis bone.

Actually, what you have is an Oosik. An Ulu is a knife where the handle is attached to the back of the blade.

Walrus oosiks are about a foot and half long, and about an inch thick. Solid bone. Eskimos used to make clubs out of them. Very powerful items.

Wait, I just re-read your post. You are saying you have an ulu MADE from an oosik. Never mind....
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Old 06-10-2002, 06:41 PM
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For me, the alarming statistic wasn't that the duck's penis was 17 inches long, but that the duck itself is 16 inches long.

Wouldn't this mean that the female duck is also 16 inches long?! What the fuck does it do, come out her beak?!
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... well how else is a female duck supposed to brush her teeth?

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