Help me with the sex of my Hermanns tortoise

Ambivalent.girl

New Member
Joined
Nov 2, 2018
Messages
6
Location (City and/or State)
Barnet
Hey everyone,

This is my tortoise Herman, he/she turned two years old this October. I'm still unsure of the sex, please help me out

Thanks x 20181102_172348.jpg 20181102_172357.jpg 20181102_172409.jpg 20181102_173914.jpg
 

Yvonne G

Old Timer
TFO Admin
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Jan 23, 2008
Messages
88,565
Location (City and/or State)
Clovis, CA
Looks like a girl at the moment, but all babies look female until they reach sexual maturity, then the males' shells and tail change to show male attributes.
 

Gillian M

Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Joined
Aug 28, 2014
Messages
15,019
Location (City and/or State)
Jordan
Welcome to the forum.

Please give your tort daily soaks in warm water: he/she seems to be pyramiding, does he/she, @Yvonne G ?
 

Russian Tortilla

New Member
Joined
Nov 4, 2018
Messages
10
Location (City and/or State)
Florida
Looking at their tale is a huge help. Normally a female would have a thicker tail, and opposite for male(thinner) I may be wrong but ideal I suppose.
 

Yvonne G

Old Timer
TFO Admin
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Jan 23, 2008
Messages
88,565
Location (City and/or State)
Clovis, CA
I don't think that's exactly right. Here's a male tail:

DEJCa9G.jpg


and the picture the OP has shown is a female tail (or a very young tortoise tail)
 

Brimstonefox

Member
Joined
Aug 15, 2017
Messages
27
Location (City and/or State)
Kent, UK
Hi. Sorry to muscle in on this thread but I can't work out how to start a new one. Can anyone sex my 20 month old Hermanns, please. See photos above. Cheers!
 

Brimstonefox

Member
Joined
Aug 15, 2017
Messages
27
Location (City and/or State)
Kent, UK
I am by no means an expert but it looks female to me, but wait for someone else to have a look.
Thank-you! I've been calling it "him" since it was hatched so will need some adjustment! He/she was always the biggest of the clutch - Don't know if that's any indication.
 

Moozillion

Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Apr 26, 2012
Messages
10,524
Location (City and/or State)
Louisiana, USA
I have been soaking a few times a week, I will start doing it everyday. What else can I do for the pyramiding?
View attachment 255977
Hi, Ambivalent Girl! I have a Hermann's tortoise as well. I first got her when she was 4 inches long, and she's now a bit over 8 inches, with no pyramiding.
The things I did to keep her enclosure with healthy humidity levels was to first buy a little humidity/temperature gauge. This is nothing fancy or complicated- it looks a lot like a kitchen timer and is super easy to use. You can get them on Amazon. That enabled me to see if the humidity was low or good.
Her first enclosure was a 3 x 4 foot wooden, painted box that I had an acrylic lid covering about 75% of the top. I filled it with organic potting soil (making sure it had no perlite), and topped it with a layer oak leaves. Then, I would get a bucket of warm water, and using a trowel to pull back the top layer of soil, I would dig a trench almost to the bottom of the enclosure. I would pour in some water, then cover it back up, which left damp soil BENEATH the surface, but dry soil on top. The water would naturally vaporize and evaporate UP through the soil and into the air. This is also how soil works in nature: the top is dry, and when you dig down in it, you often find it's damp. She could dig herself down into whatever area she wanted: very damp, slightly damp, or dry. She ALWAYS chose one of the damp areas. I would keep an eye on the little humidity gauge, and would rehydrate her enclosure whenever it needed it- maybe once a week.
Her second and third enclosures have been outside, and since we live in south Louisiana, where it's always very humid, I haven't had to worry about humidity when she's outside.

Getting adequate UVB light is also very important. Again, I am fortunate that we live in the Deep South, so she gets flooded with natural UVB for the 9 months that she's outside. I make sure there's lots of plants growing her her outdoor enclosure so that she can shade herself as much or as little as she feels like.
I hope this helps. :)
 

TammyJ

Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Joined
Jun 21, 2016
Messages
3,058
Location (City and/or State)
Jamaica
Hi, Ambivalent Girl! I have a Hermann's tortoise as well. I first got her when she was 4 inches long, and she's now a bit over 8 inches, with no pyramiding.
The things I did to keep her enclosure with healthy humidity levels was to first buy a little humidity/temperature gauge. This is nothing fancy or complicated- it looks a lot like a kitchen timer and is super easy to use. You can get them on Amazon. That enabled me to see if the humidity was low or good.
Her first enclosure was a 3 x 4 foot wooden, painted box that I had an acrylic lid covering about 75% of the top. I filled it with organic potting soil (making sure it had no perlite), and topped it with a layer oak leaves. Then, I would get a bucket of warm water, and using a trowel to pull back the top layer of soil, I would dig a trench almost to the bottom of the enclosure. I would pour in some water, then cover it back up, which left damp soil BENEATH the surface, but dry soil on top. The water would naturally vaporize and evaporate UP through the soil and into the air. This is also how soil works in nature: the top is dry, and when you dig down in it, you often find it's damp. She could dig herself down into whatever area she wanted: very damp, slightly damp, or dry. She ALWAYS chose one of the damp areas. I would keep an eye on the little humidity gauge, and would rehydrate her enclosure whenever it needed it- maybe once a week.
Her second and third enclosures have been outside, and since we live in south Louisiana, where it's always very humid, I haven't had to worry about humidity when she's outside.

Getting adequate UVB light is also very important. Again, I am fortunate that we live in the Deep South, so she gets flooded with natural UVB for the 9 months that she's outside. I make sure there's lots of plants growing her her outdoor enclosure so that she can shade herself as much or as little as she feels like.
I hope this helps. :)
Moozillion, hi there, been a while!!!

This is really a helpful post by you. As for the sexing, it has already been said that it's best to wait until the tortoise is older and bigger to know for sure. At this point, maybe it's best tp post a picture since it's been a long time.
 

Moozillion

Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Apr 26, 2012
Messages
10,524
Location (City and/or State)
Louisiana, USA
Moozillion, hi there, been a while!!!

This is really a helpful post by you. As for the sexing, it has already been said that it's best to wait until the tortoise is older and bigger to know for sure. At this point, maybe it's best tp post a picture since it's been a long time.
Oops!
I was looking through the Hermann’s section and saw this- didn’t notice the date it was posted!😂
 
TortoiseSupply.com

New Posts

Top