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FlapJackrage

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Hey guys, i know i post a lot but here is another question.

How old does your Sulcata have to be until you can tell the Gender of it? And what are the differences between a male and female?

My tort is 3, coming up 4 in January and I couldnt really tell whether it was a guy or girl. She looked more like a female (in my head, maybe because of how creamy her color is) so I decided on calling her Audrey.

Can you help me out?
 

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Four is to young to tell for sure. Post pics of it's bottom tail area and someone can give you a guess, but like I said to young to be able to give a 100% positive answer.
 

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It's possible to tell at 4, just depends on its growth rate and how big it is. Post pics.
 

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Sometimes there are indications pretty early on. Other times they look one way for many years and then relatively suddenly change. I have a male who I was sure was a female for the first 8 or 9 years. Acted female, small head, small gulars, anal scutes and tail were pretty in the middle, no plastron concavity, the other one who was obviously male humped him all the time, etc... One day I heard this horrible crashing sound coming from my pen and Scooter and "Big Bertha" were locked in male combat. I separated them and examined Bertha only to find that since the last time I had checked she was now looking much more like a he.

Post a plastron pic showing the tail and anal scutes and we can all have a guess.
 

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I found out that Bowser was a male a week after his 5th hatchday and I found out because he flashed me, lol :rolleyes:
 

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drgnfly2265 said:
I found out that Bowser was a male a week after his 5th hatchday and I found out because he flashed me, lol :rolleyes:

It happens that way often. :)
 

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It is too early to tell by the plastron, anal scutes, or gular scutes. The best indicator at this size is the tail, and I can't see well it in any of the pics. Try to get a pic that shows the actual full tail. From what little I CAN see, I'm guessing female so far. I just want to reserve the right to change my opinion once I see the tail in its entirety.
 

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Well she has a VERY small tail. Hardly even sticks out. I'll snap the pic here soon
 

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More pics...
 

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Her tail never really sticks out. It's tiny and kept to the side. I'm not sure I've ever seen her tail. Hehe
 
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