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#1 Durb

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:23 PM

Hey all i asked a question on the forum about my little tort and there is contreversy on the sex. I was asked to put up some pics so peeps could see. hope we can work out what sex my little tort is? Not sure if this will help any but my owners certificate says that ya'ma is from slovanian origin's.
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#2 Hettie

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 04:44 PM

Hi Durb,

It took 4 years for two of my little guys to be positively ID'd as boys, until then I couldn't tell at all. My GUESS is boy. The reason I think this is that the shell scute right at the back is sloping inwards? Kind of curling? Well I wonder if that is an indication of boy as it narrows the opening between top and bottom which MIGHT mean more difficult to lay eggs as a female?
I have never been much good at this ID'ing lark so could be completely wrong... which is obviously little help at all, :rolleyes: but thought I would share my thoughts! :)

Paula x

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 04:50 PM

I think male, too Paula.

The way that the shell curves under at the back is very typical in males (to protect their tackle!) :lol: There is also a wide v shape to the shell surrounding the tail, which also says to me male. In females the is much smaller and shallower.

Can you take a pick of him on the ground as he walks? That way we can see how long the tail is and whether it hangs to the side or not.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 04:53 PM

i would say your tort is a bit small to be 100% sure but its looking male to me :winkgrin:

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 04:58 PM

@kelly the tail normally hangs to the side under the shell and we very rarely see it protruding. But will take a pic for u to see. thanks for ur comments every one will keep the pics coming or all to see and guess ir try and id the sex. Thanks again :wave:

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 05:06 PM

Definitely sounds male then. ;)
Your tortoise looks identical to mine....plus they are similar ages. The way I was able to say 100% that he was male was when he flashed to confirm it while in the bath. :)




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