How do I sex my Russian tortise?

Maddawg_54

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So we took in a male Russian tortise from a friend who was giving it away and I’ve had him for about a week and I’m starting to think he’s not a male. From all the images around we think he is actually a female but I’m needing help with sexing her/him.
 

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So we took in a male Russian tortise from a friend who was giving it away and I’ve had him for about a week and I’m starting to think he’s not a male. From all the images around we think he is actually a female but I’m needing help with sexing her/him.
I agree with Yvonne. Your tortoise is a female, NOT a male.
 

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One more vote for female. The primary indicator for Russian tortoises is tail size, and also the location and shape of the cloacal opening on the tail. Russians don't show some of the other secondary sexual characteristics, like concave plastrons on the males, that other species show. This makes determining the sex more difficult and confusing for people who don't work with the species first hand.
 

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