Male or Female?”

TortiTorti

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Can anyone help me identify if this Sulcata is a male or female? I am getting conflicting reports. 4 years old and 20#. Thank you in advance!
 

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Looks female but need more pictures. By 20 lbs you certainly should be able to tell. I can see the anal scutes that are looking female, and the gulars do not look like they are elongating - so female so far. But the tail and spracaudal would be good to see. The tail should tell all at this size.
 

TortiTorti

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Looks female but need more pictures. By 20 lbs you certainly should be able to tell. I can see the anal scutes that are looking female, and the gulars do not look like they are elongating - so female so far. But the tail and spracaudal would be good to see. The tail should tell all at this size.
Thank you! Will get a tail shot as soon as he/she wakes up!
 

TortiTorti

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Looks female but need more pictures. By 20 lbs you certainly should be able to tell. I can see the anal scutes that are looking female, and the gulars do not look like they are elongating - so female so far. But the tail and spracaudal would be good to see. The tail should tell all at this size.
Still a little on the small side to be sure. Needs to be about 15 inches long to be sure. Also need a good picture of the Tail to have a good guess
Here are the tail pictures.
 

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TortiTorti

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Looks female but need more pictures. By 20 lbs you certainly should be able to tell. I can see the anal scutes that are looking female, and the gulars do not look like they are elongating - so female so far. But the tail and spracaudal would be good to see. The tail should tell all at this size.
Tail photos! Thanks for the help!
 

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Markw84

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Hard to tell from the photos Can't see the underside of tail/cloaca. Supracaudal looks male. From those pictures, I'd go more male as Aaron suggests. If you can have someone hold the tortoise with it's head up and tail down, it often will straighten it's tail more to see where the cloaca is in relation to its length. When flat on their back they are in defense mode as if a rival flipped them over - and therefore, tuck the tail in tightly.
 
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