just editiong my post while you were typing yours. I think they are used for stimulation during matingDeano said:Nothing, as far as I'm aware. It's an evolution thing. Lizard had legs, legs stopped being used, lizard becomes snake, and the spurs are all that is left.
Dunno if they have any use during mating, I know males are normally larger.
thanks for the info...i was starting to doubt i had a female royal there, based on the spurs! I wonder if hers will fall off...they look silly. And, im still worried that they can harbour infectionreticulatus said:I forgot to mention, using spurs as a way to sex an animal is unreliable at best. Often the spurs don't shed properly and the entire structure comes of rather than just the old skin.
Many snakes have one or both missing as a result of them falling off. Also, while males are usually larger this is not a hard and fast rule, there are exceptions to this rule.