Serpent People Sexual Dimorphism

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Serpent People Sexual Dimorphism

Postby Sriseru » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:03 am

I was working on a Serpent Person character, when a thought struck me. What are the physiological differences, if any, between the two genders among the Serpent People?
Does anyone know?

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Re: Serpent People Sexual Dimorphism

Postby MrMellow » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:48 pm

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Re: Serpent People Sexual Dimorphism

Postby SilvercatMoonpaw » Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:22 am

Considering how little difference the average person can tell between the gender of snakes I'd be inclined to assume that serpent men have no easily-spotted dimorphism. Females might need slightly wider hips to successfully pass eggs, but that depends on what size you make them.

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Re: Serpent People Sexual Dimorphism

Postby BedLlama » Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:25 am

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1688872/

According to this this site, male snakes tend to be more muscular, but most other forms of sexual dimorphism in snakes are internal.

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Re: Serpent People Sexual Dimorphism

Postby Sriseru » Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:50 am

Don't female snakes tend to be larger than males?

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Re: Serpent People Sexual Dimorphism

Postby Jabroniville » Mon Nov 14, 2011 3:27 am

In general, yes. Anacondas in particular feature the largest sexual dimorphism of any Tetrapod. For other Snakes, it's a bit less of a difference, but there still is one.

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Re: Serpent People Sexual Dimorphism

Postby ursinethemadbear » Thu Nov 17, 2011 4:20 am

In biological terms, the above posts are right. In Comic terms, it all depends on what the characters are going to be used for. Females might be a little bigger, but mostly indistinguishable (by humans, presumable the serpent people can tell the difference). On the other hand, if you want top portray a creepy but sexy serpent woman femme fatale type, that would work just as well.
I think the logical breakdown would be in the species origin. If the Serpent People are evolved serpents, then go with minimal sexual dimorphism. If they are transformed descendants of a more human-like species, then give them human sexual characteristics.
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