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#1 Guest_gigibobo_*

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:31 PM

Turbo, our 5 year old Herman, has been given a rubber tortoise (indiscriminate breed) to keep him company. Since its introduction, Turbo has spent a couple of hours each day humping it around his pen accompanied by the occasional squeak.
Can we assume that Turbo is definitely a boy, and would he appreciate a real female companion?
Many thanks

#2 Guest_GeorgieGal_*

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 07:58 PM

hi, you dont know if it is a girl, because girls like to be dominate and show whos boss, but if it was a boy it could be dominate and wanting to 'hump'.
If your tort is slightly..erm..rough, then it may be a girl who is trying to show who is boss.
If you dontknow at all, turn your tort upside down and drip water in his/her tail, if a 'long thing' comes out you know its a boy.

#3 Guest_lilacgeorge_*

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 09:33 PM

Hi, if you post a photo of his/her tail and the underside of the plastron we should be able to tell the sex. This is the only real way of telling - they don't always get their 'bits' out if you drip water on them - my boy doesn't and he's DEFINATLEY a male!!! ;-)

#4 Guest_Jo_1984_*

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 04:13 PM

Hi Gig
sounds as if you have a male, but I wouldn't introduce a female unless you have a large outdoor enclosure with lots of places to hide. Usually a ratio of 1:4 is reccomended, so females dont get constantly harrased and stressed. All the leg biting can become a bit too much for one female :)
Oh yea feel free to post a pic so we can have a go at sexing him/her for you to be sure
Jo x

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