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Another "Male or Female?" post

Kipley

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I'm confused. He/She is at least 8 years old. The plastron appears flat and the tail is much smaller than my 8 year old male's tail, but a small V and he(?) appears to have a pinched waist....
Help!


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Kipley

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C'mon please! Some of you guys can identify the sex here can't you? I'm being offered this tortoise but I do not need another male. Not breeding - just looking for a female.
I've posted this photo in several FB groups for Redfoots but nobody can agree on the gender - some are calling this a male and others are convinced it is a female. So came here where the knowledge base is far more accurate.
Please, what do you think here?
 
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Gijoux

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C'mon please! Some of you guys can identify the sex here can't you? I'm being offered this tortoise but I do not need another male. Not breeding - just looking for a female.
I've posted this photo in several FB groups for Redfoots but nobody can agree on the gender - some are calling this a male and others are convinced it is a female. So came here where the knowledge base is far more accurate.
Please, what do you think here?
Give him a warm bath. Soak him awhile and rub his plastrom
C'mon please! Some of you guys can identify the sex here can't you? I'm being offered this tortoise but I do not need another male. Not breeding - just looking for a female.
I've posted this photo in several FB groups for Redfoots but nobody can agree on the gender - some are calling this a male and others are convinced it is a female. So came here where the knowledge base is far more accurate.
Please, what do you think here?
A warm soak and a plastron rub will often cause a male to flash you. Worth a try, but not for sure if you don’t get flashed.
 

Kipley

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Give him a warm bath. Soak him awhile and rub his plastrom

A warm soak and a plastron rub will often cause a male to flash you. Worth a try, but not for sure if you don’t get flashed.
The owner of this tort is across the country from me. They have had him/her for 7 years and they are unsure of her age. "He" has never flashed them, and "She" has never shown any nesting behavior or laid eggs. The plastron is flat.
 

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My guess is also female.
BTW there is no difference in head size or shape like you mentioned above.
Males get an hourglass shaped "waist line", a concaved plastron and a much longer tail with a V shaped vent.
I'd also guess that that tortoise is about 7 years old.
 

Kipley

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My guess is also female.
BTW there is no difference in head size or shape like you mentioned above.
Males get an hourglass shaped "waist line", a concaved plastron and a much longer tail with a V shaped vent.
I'd also guess that that tortoise is about 7 years old.
Thanks, I wondered about that (the head shape). The reason I asked is this was posted in response to the photo on a Facebook group and it sounded valid:
"...females usually have a more rounded head and not as long from the eye to the nose. Males usually have a more elongated head with more from their eye to the nose ."

I had never heard this before.
 

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Thanks, I wondered about that (the head shape). The reason I asked is this was posted in response to the photo on a Facebook group and it sounded valid:
"...females usually have a more rounded head and not as long from the eye to the nose. Males usually have a more elongated head with more from their eye to the nose ."

I had never heard this before.
This is true for some water turtles, not Redfoots lol
 

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Thanks, I wondered about that (the head shape). The reason I asked is this was posted in response to the photo on a Facebook group and it sounded valid:
"...females usually have a more rounded head and not as long from the eye to the nose. Males usually have a more elongated head with more from their eye to the nose ."

I had never heard this before.
Thanks for reminding me why I had to get off of some FACEBOOK Redfoot groups.
Those idiots prowl like a pack of wolves and attack anyone trying to suggest something new .(And correct)
 
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