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boy or girl? African spur thigh tortoise or sulcata

Discussion in 'Sulcata tortoises' started by livingfree247, Feb 2, 2011.

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  1. livingfree247

    livingfree247 New Member

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    What is the difference between a plain old sulcata or a spur thigh sulcata? Or is that the same thing? How old do they need to be before you can tell if it is a boy or a girl?
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    DeanS Well-Known Member

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    African spurred tortoise (Geochelone sulcata)
    spur-thigh is the Greek tortoise (Testudo graeca)

    Lots of people have been mistakenly calling the sulcata 'spur thigh'...it's just spurred
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    Sex isn't so much age, but size. Do you have one or looking into getting one and want to know how to tell the sex in general? How big is yours on the plastron (bottom shell) if you have one? Do you have any pictures?
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    Sometimes I can tell when they are a few weeks old, but its not for sure. Most of the time you can tell by the time the are 3-4 years old. HOWEVER, I have a 12 year old male that I was sure was a female for the first 8 or 9 years. If you see them flash their penis, its 100% for sure a male. If you see it lay eggs, its 100% for sure female.
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    Isn't that the truth Tom (LOL).
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    How do I get my pictures to show up on my signature?
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    {Sorry, post I was replying to was moved}
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