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How can you tell if turtles are male or female?

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Asked at 2010.01.19 17:14:26
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answer Kevin  Answered at 2010.01.19 17:14:26
How to Tell if a Turtle Is Male or Female

Whether you choose to breed your turtle or not, determining the gender of your pet can be difficult if you don't know what to look for.

Look at the bottom of the turtle. (DO NOT FLIP IT OVER - This is very dangerous for the turtle.) Is the bottom shell convex (protrudes out)? If so, it's a female. If it's concave (caves in), then it's a male.

check out the bottomLook at its tail. Most turtles have a hole which is called the cloaca or "vent" located on their tail. Male turtles have the vent located on the outside of their shell (farther away from the body). Female turtles have the vent located on the inside of the shell (closer to the body).

Examine the thickness of the tail. Male turtles often have fatter and bigger tails than the female.
After determining whether your turtle is male or female, you can decide on breeding from there.

Depending on the species of your turtle, there may be other clues.

Red-eared Slider: The male's front claws are longer than on the female.

Red- earred SlidersAmerican Box Turtle: 90% of the time, male box turtles have red or orange irises while the female has brown or yellow ones. Also, the female has a tendency to have a higher-domed, rounder upper-shell, while the male has a lower shell with more of an oval or oblong appearance.

Some methods are less reliable than others in determining the gender of your turtle. If all the signs point in one direction than you can be assured you have found out the gender. However, if the signs are mixed, you may wish to take your turtle to a vet to be certain.

There are some variations of sea turtles (specifically, the Kemp Ridley, but there may be others) that have no external signs of which gender they are. Speak with a veterinarian specializing in marine animals to discover which gender your sea turtle is.

long claws & fatter tail = Male
Short claws and thinner tail = Female
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