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Don't you think it's weird? We can put a man on the moon, but we can't sex a young Aldabra.

Discussion in 'Aldabra tortoises' started by TortyDxb, Jan 13, 2018.

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  1. kingsley

    kingsley Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Thank you, I have moved on !!! Once bitten twice shy!!
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    kingsley Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    This is a debatable subject, some claim it can be done , but all experts that I have talked to say that surgical is the sure thing!!! DNA testing is not possible in Chelonia, but is routinely done on birds with 100% accuracy.
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    What a dreadful story, thank you for sharing.
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    Well, of course they CAN eat cat food, they'll even love it, but that doesn't mean it's healthy for them. Large amounts of animal protein will let them grow at an amazing speed, but they will soon suffer from organ failure and MBD.
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    DNA not possible? That makes no sense at all. They are M or F out of the egg so why not possible? I would never have a tortoise cut into just for my curiosity:eek:! When not absolutely necessary for their medical health that is nothing short of cruelty and abuse!:mad:!!
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    I heartily second this. I tried this years ago with one of my Redfoots and he has had a frozen elbow ever since:(. I do still give a small bit but not a lot with other food once or twice a week:<3:.
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    They are male or female when they are hatching but not right from the start as a zygote (like mammals) because their sex is not determined by DNA but temperature and other outside influences. They don't have any sex chromosomes. ;)
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