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Hello! Introduction and Gender Identification

Discussion in 'Sulcata tortoises' started by alfie_the_tortoise, Sep 5, 2018.

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  1. alfie_the_tortoise

    alfie_the_tortoise New Member

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    Hello! I just recently adopted my little Alfie, and was wondering if anyone could identify what gender Alfie is, and/or if you have any tips for me about rasing Alfie. I know it's really to identify the gender at this time, but do you have any guesses? The breeder said he's 90% sure it's a girl, but I still can't be sure. Here's a pic alfie gender.jpg
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    Mizcreant Well-Known Member Tortoise Club

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    WAAAY too young to tell. You have several years left before it can be sexed.
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    alfie_the_tortoise New Member

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    That’s what I heard. Just seeing if there were any hypothesises.
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    Welcome to the forum!

    There is no way to know until it’s 14-16 inches, but here are some care tips! Be sure to come back with questions if you have any :)
    How To Raise A Healthy Sulcata Or Leopard, Version 2.0 https://tortoiseforum.org/index.php...ealthy-Sulcata-Or-Leopard,-Version-2.0.79895/

    For Those Who Have a Young Sulcata... https://tortoiseforum.org/index.php?threads/For-Those-Who-Have-a-Young-Sulcata....76744/

    Beginner Mistakes https://tortoiseforum.org/index.php?threads/Beginner-Mistakes.45180/
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    Thanks :) :tort:
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    Cowboy_Ken Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Well I’m 50% sure it’s a male,
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    I’m 50% sure it’s a female
    So my figurin ‘ gives a 100% chance to be one or the other and the best the breeder could give you was 90%. Lol. Just enjoy your tortoise. [emoji217]
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    Thanks so much guys. Do you know what humidity I need to keep the enclosure at? And what are the main causes of pyramiding, at first I heard it was diet, but now I am hearing the main factor is low humidity.
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    [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23][emoji23]wellllll... ya don’t sayyy!
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    Keep it at 80% or above... and the main factor is humidity.. These people are experts and have much “real experience” to back up their knowledge. How is Alphie doing? He sure is a cutie! Welcome[emoji16]

    You are in the right place to raise a happy and healthy tortoise. You can do a search on most questions and find your answers ASAP!
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    I just guess. Mine is probably a female. but I call her a him because I named her saturn and i call all my animals a HE (excluding my dog)

    I heard if the temperature they are hatched in is hotter it is a female. And my baby wasn't hatched in an incubator. It was hatched in a hot arizona heat. So depending on what yours is raised on could identify its gender.
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    Let's do the spur test : If the predominant spurs on the back legs are the same size - male. If one is larger than the other - female
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    Thank you so much, Alfie’s doing great. :)
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    Okay here are some pics IMG_7068.jpg IMG_7070.jpg
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    The breeder said the incubator was the right temperature for a female, but he’s still not sure.
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    Ok, I’m giving Alfie a bath right now so in about 20 mins. Sorry for getting back to you so late.
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