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anniiie321

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Hello all, My name is Annie and i've just joined this forum :)
I have a red-footed tortoise named Lucy who is about 3 years old now and almost 7 inches long. Recently, I have been trying to confirm if she is in fact a female.. or a male? I am not experienced in sexing tortoises and she doesn't seem to outright resemble any photos I compare her to when trying to figure it out :p
I was wondering if someone may be able to help me? I have attached photos of her underside. If something else is needed please ask :)

Also, I received her from a breeder when she was one year old, I did my research before getting her and was feeding her on a weekly schedule consisting of mostly staple greens (usually romaine) and fruit with one day for meat (i use cat food) and one day of tortoise food (ZooMed, to ensure she gets everything she needs) However, i was wondering now that she is older if her diet should change? More greens? less fruit? more meat? Overall, her stools have been fine, usually green or dark green and not too mushy or hard with the occasional one that is more on the mushy side.

On that note, I hope someone is able to help me and I look forward to being a part of this forum :)
 

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I was told I have a male RF and that looks pretty much like mine.
 

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Hi Annie:

Welcome to the forum!!

We have several redfoot keepers here on the forum, with a couple three or four who are VERY knowledgeable in that regard.

The "go to" person we all count on for sexing the tortoises is Egyptian Dan. If he tells you what sex Lucy is, you can take it to the bank! But then, of course, there's Fred, Terry, Madkins, Douglas, Matt....I guess there are really too many to mention them all. Annie, you're in VERY good company!!
 

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Female :)

She is a cutie too! I would love to see some pictures of, well, the rest of her ;)
 
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Marty333 said:
Uh oh it looks Lucy is going to have to become a Lucifer XD

Very funny :)

This was a hard one. I would have guessed female, but it does look fatter and a bit longer to me than my presumed female, so I was initially thinking male like everyone else. These guessing posts are my favorites, but once Danny posts his answer it takes the fun out of guessing. ;)
 

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The criteria I use are:

- Shell shape. For Northerns, the male's shell pinches in at the waist a bit. For most Red-foots, the male plastron is indented.
- Tail. Male tails are amazingly long, and are usually carried tucked in the 'leg pit' of a rear leg.
- Anal scutes. The last two scutes on the plastron. If they form about a 90 degree V, it is a female. Males form a much wider angle, almost 180. There are also two points on the ends of the scutes- the closer they are to the marginals, the more likely it is a female. Males have a much wider gap to let the tail swing side to side.
- Birth certificate. Probably the easiest way is which box is checked on the birth certificate. (I just added this to see if anyone reads this!)
 

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anniiie321 said:
Hello all, My name is Annie and i've just joined this forum :)
I have a red-footed tortoise named Lucy who is about 3 years old now and almost 7 inches long. Recently, I have been trying to confirm if she is in fact a female.. or a male? I am not experienced in sexing tortoises and she doesn't seem to outright resemble any photos I compare her to when trying to figure it out :p
I was wondering if someone may be able to help me? I have attached photos of her underside. If something else is needed please ask :)

Also, I received her from a breeder when she was one year old, I did my research before getting her and was feeding her on a weekly schedule consisting of mostly staple greens (usually romaine) and fruit with one day for meat (i use cat food) and one day of tortoise food (ZooMed, to ensure she gets everything she needs) However, i was wondering now that she is older if her diet should change? More greens? less fruit? more meat? Overall, her stools have been fine, usually green or dark green and not too mushy or hard with the occasional one that is more on the mushy side.

On that note, I hope someone is able to help me and I look forward to being a part of this forum :)
It looks female to me. I just got done talking to Jackrat on here and asked him the same thing. He said that males have a concave plastron and an hourglass shaped carapace after they are mature. The male's tail is longer and slimmer and the female's tail is shorter and thicker. And that the anal scute(the opening in the shell that the tail extends through) is wide and sweeping in males. females have a narrower opening with a deeper ''V'' shape. Hope that that info helps you!
 

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egyptiandan said:
Looks like a female to me. :)

Danny

:) thank you, thats good news haha. That means i can expect her to get about 10 - 14 inches?

Also, I was wondering if she is showing signs of pyramiding? As she has gotten larger her shell has protruded a little bit, but i thought that was normal growth. I'm pretty certain i feed her everything she needs, and she gets zooMed tortoise food once a week to ensure that too.. so I don't know. I attached a photo that sort of shows it...
 
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Hi Annie:

You need to change your mind set about food=pyramiding. We're pretty sure now that humidity plays a very large part in the pyramiding equation. They need more humidity as babies that we have been giving them.
 
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