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A New Update on red foot types

Discussion in 'Redfoot and yellowfoot tortoises' started by tortadise, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. tortadise

    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    I see a difference in the scale patterns of the locality differences for sure. Color, shapes and density patterns. Males do have much longer necks than females. They're a lot like an Aldabra. Where the male mounts the female and keeps eye contact with female during the mating process.
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    stojanovski92113 Well-Known Member TFO Supporter

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    Thanks so much!!! I appreciate you getting back to me! I've always that it was a bit weird how my tortoises look similar but bought at different stores at different times. Maybe the breeder in the Michigan area?
  3. tortadise

    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Most the northerns will represent very similar looks, and all waste band in the middle of the shell. When they bigger they will hourglass a lot. Males more than females too.
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    stojanovski92113 Well-Known Member TFO Supporter

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    So next question? All females?
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    stojanovski92113 Well-Known Member TFO Supporter

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    I think I have all females, except my 4 yr old too young to tell right?
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    Your first one looks male! That tail is huge!:p they're super cute! All of them! I know what you mean with the face shapes too. One of mine has a tiny head and huge eyes. The other has a round head!
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    Right I'm going to have a stab at sexing, You wouldn,t believe the amount of torts I've been to see and they have not been the sex that they were advertised as. I've found out that the only sure way to tell is the tail size, There is carapace shape,concave plastron, anal scute shape, anal scute thickness,tail size and the way they hold there tail. The only sure way is the tail size. I've seen every other thing that contradicts its sex. I read an article on this subject a while ago and it said that captive bread female torts can take on male characteristics, nobody knows why. Don't know if its true or not.
    Anyway, i'm going for male,male,female,and most likely female.
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    stojanovski92113 Well-Known Member TFO Supporter

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    Lol...then I was waaay off haha!!! I honesty thought female, female, male ? , possible male :)

    I know my larger tort has a big tail though but they have flat plastrons too?
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    Its only a stab, don't take it as gospel. Some expert should help you out soon. Some males are not very concave on the plastron and some females can have a minor concave plastron. Also yours may not be old enough and still end up with a concave plastron later in life. Cherryheads (Brazilians) males mostly have a flat plastron and no waistline shape unlike northern male redfoots. However the big tail is to harbour the alien looking penis it needs for reproduction. So this is a certain way of sexing on a mature male.
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    stojanovski92113 Well-Known Member TFO Supporter

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    Well since I've had my torts I have yet to see any male parts ever. My largest tort this past summer mounted my tortoises but I never saw anything...it was a crazy summer with that tortoise, a handful!!
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    I bet that's an immature male experimenting. Males are generally more active aswell, Females are more subdued more often than not. My male cherryhead is always mounting every other tort I have male or female, but doesn,t show his bits. On other occasions I've found him on his own lifting his body up as high as possible getting his penis out.
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    stojanovski92113 Well-Known Member TFO Supporter

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    Thanks for sharing your experience with me, I thought I would have seen my tort flashing by now
  13. tortadise

    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Looks like one could be a male. Others look female at this point though, yes.
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    Thanks :)
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    One explanation for the difference in color is that the yellow one may be a Yellow-footed tortoise.
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    can anyone tell me what region mine maybe from and if it is definitely a male? I'm new to red foots so still getting to grips and researching a lot. I read that it can be hard to sex red foots while they are still young. He is around 18 months.
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  17. tortadise

    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Too young to sex. 4-5 more years and that can be more accurately done for you. Appears to be a northern from pictures provided.
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    Hey guys! I would love to know where Trinity is from, and a few people thing she is a girl...hence the name Trinity! LOL . Also her head is yellow! I haven't seen too many redfoots with a yellow head, even thoo I know its not uncommon!
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    What locality do you think these Redfoots are from?
  20. tortadise

    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Guyana or Suriname. Definitely northern
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