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Re: Glypto-love

At 07:34 PM 01/03/01 +0000, zenlizard@boo.net wrote:
The male mounts the female in what might be familiar to mammalian quadrupedal
mating, but insertion does not occur at this point.  Rather, this is just the
preliminary.  At some  point in time, the male rears up to and sometimes
*past*  the vertical, achieving insertion while falling backwards.

This is only true ion higher-domed species. The cloacal opening of male turtles is well down the tail, which makes it easier for them to bring it into position. Many male turtles have larger tails than females.

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