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Sexing via Endoscopy

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  1. PA2019

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    Does anyone (especially those in FL) have any experience with sexing via endoscopy? I understand the mechanics, but am curious if there is a minimum size or weight that is needed, how accurate the results are, and any idea on what it might cost for 1-10 hatchlings or how much you spent for the procedure. I imagine radiated and Aldabra keepers would be most likely to use this procedure. @ALDABRAMAN @Sterant
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    Hi. The process is accurate if you use someone that has done a lot of them. The older the animal is, the more accurate the results. I think the weight minimum is about 140g. The University of Georgia is a good place to go. They charge a setup fee of something around $500 and then around $100 per tortoise to do the procedure so it is most cost effective to sex groups.
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    ~ We have never had this procedure done, however we did consider having one done a few years ago, it was around $800.

    ~ We have always felt the incision was too risky and simply not worth the risk for hatchlings.

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    Agreed - I don't do it either.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin

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    I've had the procedure done on small birds several times, but never on a chelonian. It was pretty cheap for birds.
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