Boy or girl? Help!

morahstar

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How can i tell if my RT is a boy or girl? The guy at the petstore said it was too young to tell
 

tortoisetime565

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If you could include some images of the turtles anal scutes and the top of his shell as well as the bottom part we can offer a much wider range of info. Thanks!
 

mike taylor

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Looks female but not 100 percent .


Looks female but not 100 percent .
 

Yvonne G

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Hi morahstar:

Pet stores are notorious for telling their customers that the Russian tortoises they sell are 'young.' Your tortoise is almost full grown, and anywhere from 8 years to 20 years. It is a female, and females get a bit bigger than males, so she may grow another inch or two.
 

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Yvonne G said:
Hi morahstar:

Pet stores are notorious for telling their customers that the Russian tortoises they sell are 'young.' Your tortoise is almost full grown, and anywhere from 8 years to 20 years. It is a female, and females get a bit bigger than males, so she may grow another inch or two.

I agree!!
 

biochemnerd808

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I agree! :)

You can tell that it is not a baby because a) a baby RT is 2" or so big... it takes 5 or more years to reach 4" which is the minimum size for them to be sold at the pet store. Looking at the shell, this tortoise has grown for several years. Being a female, she could continue to grow, she'll probably end up between 7" and 10" total.

Yvonne G said:
Hi morahstar:

Pet stores are notorious for telling their customers that the Russian tortoises they sell are 'young.' Your tortoise is almost full grown, and anywhere from 8 years to 20 years. It is a female, and females get a bit bigger than males, so she may grow another inch or two.
 
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