Extra scutes caused by TSD (Temperature Sex Determination)

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gummybearpoop

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Many times I have read in classifieds or forums that extra scutes means an animal being a female. I have heard extra scutes being associated with higher incubation temperatures, when breeders attempt for incubation resulting in more females.

I have also read that extra scutes can be a result in certain species regardless of incubation temperatures.

Does anyone know how accurate extra scutes can result in an animal being a female? I was curious due to people advertising animals as "most likely a female due to extra scutes".
 

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My female greek was supposed to be a temp sexed male - she's definitely got an extra "5th" scute, but no one ever commented that the extra scute also indicated female instead of male. Interesting though!
 

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Extra scutes really don't have much correlation to the sex of a tortoise. Extra scutes seem to happen in the first 3rd of incubation and the sex is determined in the second 3rd of incubation. So easy enough to get a male with extra scutes.

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egyptiandan said:
Extra scutes really don't have much correlation to the sex of a tortoise. Extra scutes seem to happen in the first 3rd of incubation and the sex is determined in the second 3rd of incubation. So easy enough to get a male with extra scutes.

Danny

Thanks Danny! I didnt know about about extra scutes seem to happen in the first 3rd of incubation while sex determintation in the second 3rd of incubation.
 
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I have a young tortoise with extra scutes that is looking to be male...
 

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I heard extra scutes can come from genetics or from the fluctuation of temps during incubation
 
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