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Old 03-11-2012, 09:56 AM   #1
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:58 AM   #2
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i noticed some of the shell looks split by the tail also
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:00 AM   #3
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I think it's a birth shell disorder. Or it cracked?? But he should be fine if it's a birth disorder.
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thanx but is the tail fine is it missing a piece? and do you no how to tell the sex or is it to early? they are about an inch and an inch and a half big
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I can't tell the sex yet. And there isnt a picture were I can see the tail to well. Can you post another one? But from what I can see it does look short. I wouldnt worry about it because if he is healthy and acting normal turtle then his tail shouldn't matter unless infected or something
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i saw your videos lol how cute.I didnt even no they can eat strawberries
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:24 AM   #7
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how can you tell the sex? if its by the tail i will post more pix
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:33 AM   #8
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Thanks for watching my vids:)I'm getting a new one one up of my new aquarium today:) do u have any videos?Here's a article I found
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Be prepared to combine the signs to reach a conclusion. Turtles from different species may have specific clues to their gender and it is important to know about these possibilities. The best approach to sexing a turtle is to use a combination of the following suggested steps to come up with the most likely gender for the turtle. Bear in mind that some methods are less reliable than others in determining the gender of your turtle. Yet, if all the signs point in one direction, then it's more likely than not that you've found out the gender accurately. However, if the signs are mixed, you may wish to take your turtle to a vet to be certain.
Wait until the turtle is an adult because it is extremely difficult to sex a baby turtle.[1] Be aware that you might have to wait years as they grow,[2] and that turtles are considered to be juveniles until after 5 years of age.[3]
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Hold your turtle with care when determining its gender. Flipping over your turtle can hurt him (or her!). Be careful to hold your turtle with a gentle grip and to turn him or her with care and a gradual movement.
3Look at the turtle's tail. Turtles have a hole or vent which is called the "cloaca" located on their tail. Male turtles have the cloaca located farther away from the body, about half to two thirds the distance from the shell and more toward to the tip of the tail.[4] Female turtles have the cloaca closer to the body, almost under the overlap of the shell.[5]

Examine the thickness and length of the tail. Male turtles often have fatter and longer tails than the female.[6][7]
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Look at the bottom or underbelly of the turtle's shell. If the plastron (bottom shell) is convex, goes out, it's probably a female. If its bottom shell is concave (rounded) or goes in toward the inside of the body, then the turtle is most likely a male.[8] The reasoning behind this is that the female's convex plastron provides more room for eggs, while the male's concave plastron fits better over the female's when mating.[9][10]
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Look at the turtle's front or fore claws. Most male turtles have very long front claws.[11] Males use these claws in courtship.[12] Note that the back claws are usually the same for both genders and that claw size doesn't hold for all species of turtles.
However, if a male is a "late bloomer" or has been kept in inadequate conditions, the claws may not be noticeably longer.
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Check the turtle's size. If you have more than one turtle, you can compare the sizes. In most species, the female turtle is larger.[13] But the difference is usually very small, and you need to keep in mind that there are size variations within a gender too, so only use this sign along with many others.
7Look for species specific clues. Depending on the species of your turtle, there may be other clues. For example:

Red-eared Slider: The male's front claws are longer than on the female's.[14]

American box turtle: 90 percent of the time, male box turtles have red or orange irises while the female has brown or yellow ones. Also, the female has a tendency to have a higher-domed, rounder upper-shell, while the male has a lower shell with more of an oval or oblong appearance.
Read How to tell the gender of your sun turtle for sun turtles.
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Breed, keep separate, or just keep loving your gender clarified turtle. After determining whether your turtle is male or female, you can decide on breeding from there. However, unless you have a rare species of aquatic turtle, breeding is not advised. You will simply have more turtles to look after and that's a big task for most people.
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Wow I didnt know it was that long!
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And I posted the wrong article.... Hahahaha! That embarrassing!
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