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Sexing help

Discussion in 'Elongated and Forsten's tortoises' started by Adam S, Jan 28, 2017.

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    Adam S New Member

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    Hi, I'm looking a purchasing 3 adult Elongateds but am having trouble sexing this one animal. Both pics are the same tort but tail looks different in both.
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    That's quite a small tail, so I'd say female. Mature male elongata have very long tails.
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    Thanks Sarah
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    My friend has adult females and they basically have just stubs for tails this one is longer. I agree with Sarah and it looks female just looking for more confirmation to ease my mind.
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    I admit, this one has more of a tail than females often do.

    This is the traditional 'tiny tail' female plastron ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1485773582.769115.jpg

    This is a short tailed male plastron
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    The tail length and anal scutes of this male are admittedly similar to yours. I am more used to seeing long, thick male tales, however, but there is a range. I don't find anal scutes to be the most reliable sex indicator, but yours are somewhat male-like (but wider than many male Vs). Both males and females have the horny tubercle at the tips of their tails, although it is more pronounced in males.

    Mature males should have the traditional concave plastron, however, which I don't see in your photo (but there are exceptions to this too if growth conditions aren't ideal). Females have longer, curved posterior claws than males, but again, that is an iffy sign.

    I feel this could be an immature male, now that I am thinking more. Mine are big flashers, so they don't keep their sex hidden. How large is this tortoise? It looked quite big in the photo to me, but it could be a perspective thing.
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    Thanks Sarah. I would guess they are 8-9".
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    That's pretty large to be immature still. I wouldn't feel confident in saying male or female for this one though. The tail seems quite small to me, but it isn't definitive.
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    Thanks for your help. Still not sure myself. It's a tough one.
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