General Care Discussion :: sex of turtles

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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 7:48 pm   sex of turtles

is there any way of telling if the red eared sliders are male or female by a 'private part'?does one sick out? every other ways ive heard of dont work!
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 8:23 pm   

how big is your turtle? Once he/she reaches 4 or 5 inches in length you should be able to tell by the claws, tail and cloacea, as you've probably already heard. If you have a mature male, he may expose his penis (it's called fanning) whenever he's in the mood. The claws are usually a tell tale sign tho.
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 8:38 pm   

The male's penis is inside the cloaca, so you can't actually see it unless he shows it to you.

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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 9:07 pm   

how canyou tell that it is his penis?
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 9:10 pm   

Each species of turtles have different shapes and sizes, so there are multiple answers to your question.
But once you see it, you'll know. Be sure that it's his penis rather than prolapse for these two can be confusing to determine.
If it goes back in, most likely it's his penis, if it doesn't and sort of looks like his intestines, then its most likely prolapse.

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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 9:15 pm   

What?
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 9:17 pm   

I see in your other post that your turts are only 3 inches or so. Don't worry about sexing them yet. Work on providing a better/bigger home for them first.
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 9:18 pm   

Males will fan (expose their penis) sometimes, so if you happen to see it, then congrats, you have a boy.
But some people mistaken the penis for prolapse and the other way around. Prolapse is when the turtle's intestines fall out of the anal vent which is a serious medical situations. Prolapse do not go back inside the turtle. The penis do go back into the turtle.

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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 9:22 pm   

ok,thanks!!n e other ways of sexing?
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 9:25 pm   

Males have longer nails. You can also determine their sex by their size but this is only useful when both male and female are large in size. Males grow up to 8-9 inches and females can exceed to 12 inches.

Here is a site that will illustrate sexing Click here and scroll down for pictures

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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 9:29 pm   

ok
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 9:33 pm   

I'd recommend having a parent, guardian or teacher educate you on animal reproduction.
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 9:34 pm   

i no alredy
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 3:43 pm   

lol why do you say that steve?
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 4:47 pm   

he prabably assumes that Sinbad is too young to know these things...believe us "children", we know already.
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