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Opinions please on sex of new baby Sri Lankan.

pete55

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Hi All
I've just bought my first Sri Lankans. The smallest is a 7cm baby which was sold as a possible male. Could members please offer their opinions please? I realise its very young but hoped others may have some ideas.

Hoping its a young male but if not it doesn't matter as very attractive shell pattern.

Many thanks - Pete.

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Could be, but we'll really need to see the tail.
 

pete55

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Thank you both. I'm afraid it's a bit tricky to get a good tail picture but I'll try over next few days. Very pleased as settling well, active and good appetite.
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Although too small, I would have to say at this point it looks male. Besides males seem to be much easier to get then females. But, it's still very young and could change.
 

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Very cool pattern. I can't tell the sex from your pic.
 

pete55

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I wonder if these most recent pictures help in opinions of this youngster's sex?

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@Neal , Can you tell yet?

Its looking female-ish to me, but its still young, and I'm inexperienced with sexing stars.

You have an absolutely gorgeous tortoise there either way.
 

pete55

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Thanks for your opinion Tom and highly valued. I also have a hunch its female by its overall domed shape. The new group are doing well and steadily gaining weight though I followed your guidelines for temperature and humidity. They seem to do better when kept warm with an overall minimum of around 28c.
 

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How big is it? How much does it weight? Tail looks like it may grow.
 

pete55

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Oh it's still small. Length is 7cm and weight 110gm. I can see what you mean with the tail but it's a hard one to call at present. The known females do have very short stubby tails.
 

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Just for comparison. This one was about 100 grams temp sexed female.
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This one was only about 60 grams and it was a male. Hard to see the tail but he was already looking male early on.
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pete55

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Thank you for the very helpful comparison pictures Gus.

Appreciate your valuable comment Neal.

I think if our young adults breed I'll have to incubate for mixed sexes and run on some hatchlings as an insurance policy.
 

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If it looks like a male, its a male.
If it looks like a female, it could be a male.
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Hi Pete, based on the accelerated growth since just a few weeks, and the look of the anal scutes, and tail , I am calling it a female.
 

pete55

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Thanks Kingsley. I'm beginning to think its a female too. The carapace is very domed and round to be a male at this stage. It would have been great to have a spare male as looks like its a group of 5 females and 1 male. I'll have to try and source another if possible.

Still pleased as I think she has the potential to grow into a stunning female :):)

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