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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-12-2009, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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How can you tell the sex of a turtle?

Also, when getting another turtle, is it best to get the same sex or not? Or does it matter?
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RANGER: How to tell the sex of a turtle?

  • Wait until they are about 4".
  • The females have an opening under their tail that's close to the shell.
  • The males have an opening under their tail that near the end of the tail.
  • As the male gets older, his tail gets longer and thicker.
  • The female has nicely trimmed front claws that grow proportionate to her back feet claws.
  • The male grows very long dagger-like front claws that he will use to vibrate when approaching a female. She will respond the same way. But the male will use his long claws to "tickle" the top of her head from behind so she will relax and not run away.
There are other characteristics to look for, and the terminology used is more technical, but I like to keep my descriptions easy to follow. Check out this website for other information on caring for turtles.

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RANGER: Getting another turtle?

It will only matter when they are mature adults.
Females get along. But everybody fights when the cold winter comes.
They all need their space and don't want anybody bothering them.
Make sure each turtle has access to water and his/her little sleeping space.

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Determining sex depends on the type of turtle. Water turtle, land turtle, tortoise....
I never had any of my box turtles fight but I do not hibernate them and they are in a large enclosure, with plenty of hides.
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PEPPER: Determining Sex of turtle...

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Determining sex depends on the type of turtle. Water turtle, land turtle, tortoise....
I never had any of my box turtles fight but I do not hibernate them and they are in a large enclosure, with plenty of hides.

I guess I shouldn't have said "everybody fights". My RES turtle is actually very friendly, but she does get cranky in the fall months. That's how I know it's time for her to take longer naps. She doesn't hibernate, but she does sleep longer and eats less. I don't keep a heater in her pool because I live in a warm climate. I keep her indoor water pool changed frequently so that it is warm, but she prefers to exit her pool and find a warm dry place to sleep. She returns to her pool to hydrate and sometimes "ask" for food, and then she goes off to sleep again.

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