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New Turtle Owner: What kind of Box Turtle do I have?

Discussion in 'American box turtles' started by AprilOneilTurtle, Nov 26, 2018.

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  1. AprilOneilTurtle

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    Wow that's amazing if she's approx 12yrs old, a bit older than my dogs at home!
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    I know mine is female, same layer eggs. Her eggs also look reddish
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    I was just surfing for box turtle info and found out daisy may has an unusual eye color. I think it's a temperature and timing thing with the egg but I can always be wrong. I don't care if I'm wrong. Lololol I'd rather learn something...and I have another question...
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    Mizcreant Well-Known Member TFO Supporter

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    You may, in fact, be correct for all I know. It's possible I was fed misinformation when I contacted Clemson Extension years ago. I too am forever a student of turtleology. lol
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    Very interesting. Do you have a box turtle?
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    Mizcreant Well-Known Member TFO Supporter

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    I had several (8 or 9 adults) many years ago. Had a ball with them. Was my first experience with breeding. I forget how many babies I had hatched.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    This is a male tail:

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    and this is a female tail:

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    The female tail is shorter and the cloaca (vent) is up close to the body.
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    Clemson logic......;)
    Honestly, though, this is worthy of another post for further Box turtle reference.
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    And what does your turtle under the tail look like. Just so I can see the similarities or differences.I believe you are so right.
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    All babies are adorable. I'm hoping in the spring...that Midwest Paints will hatch in my flower bed. I dealt with a rescue this year. It was so nice. She may have decided to lay her eggs cause she would not leave!
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    Debatable Topics perhaps? lol
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    That would great!
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    I actually gotta check my turtle tail again, she definitely doesn't have any bright color like your male turtle tho, so most likely my turtle is a female. However, the male and female has short tale, so this could possibly be another myth that males have longer tales...hmm...
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    You can't fault the herpatologist. He also is just trying to learn like the rest of us hopefully. Nothing is set in stone except shelled critters
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    No, this is the most accurate way to tell. the bright colors are the myth.
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    It may be that the herpetologist had experience with a smaller geographic population of box turtles or a certain subspecies in a geographic area. The males having red eyes may have been true FOR THAT POPULATION of turtles.
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    Yes and that particular year possibly.
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    Hoping you are hanging in there. Your little turtle is adorable and actually looks really cared for. She is blessed to have found you.
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    Sometimes the flat belly or a concave area on their belly tells you too.if I see eggs...it's a girl...if I see something else...it's a boy...omg
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    There’s a lot of identifing traits in easterns that differ between male and female but are not a 100% determiner. If you work with them it’s usually easy to identify a mature male by his larger squared head and BRIGHT red eyes and in my opinion longer shell. I have also had males that aren’t as obvious at first glance and show a more female appearance with a smaller head and brownish red eyes with a shorter wider shell. The only real way to tell is concave on the bottom of the shell and the tail. I am thinking the comment about 12 years old was meant to be a joke. There is no way to tell a Box turtles age through a picture unless it’s a baby.
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