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Marginated sex

Discussion in 'Marginated tortoises' started by Afbhappy, Aug 30, 2019.

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Is Willard a Mr. or Mrs?

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  1. Afbhappy

    Afbhappy New Member

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    Well, I took Willard (1.5 year old marginated) in to the tort expert to see if he was a Mrs. or a Mr. The guy said with all certainty that he was a she. He showed me her tail and how short it is and the distance from here to there, so on and so forth. She also doesn't have a big indentation on the underside of her shell. Imagine my surprise when within the week I saw something (possibly genitalia?) sticking out when she was straining to flip herself over. It was pink and moved in an out of her(?) tail. Because of how it behaved I decided it was nothing to be concerned about as far as Willard's health. Ive read that both male and female torts can stick out their genitals like that. I suppose we are just a gender neutral household until this mystery is solved.

    Final question: what do you guys think- male or female? or if not genitalia what is this sticking out of the butt hole?? haha

    thanks
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  2. Cathie G

    Cathie G Well-Known Member

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    Oh my garsh...too funny. I'm not an expert but post a picture and someone can tell you better then me. I always thought that 1.5 years would be too young to tell but I'd like to see the answers you get.
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    Can’t see the pictures. Says I don’t have permission
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Usually on the Mediterranean type tortoises, you can tell sex by the description of the cloaca - a star-shaped cloaca generally means female and a slit shape (like your tortoise) means male. He's still too small to have the more general male characteristics, but I'm going with male.
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    @Yvonne G, thank you! that was very helpful! I looked up some more info about star and slit shaped torts and it looks like you are right! I am voting male on Willard. The information on the web about torts is so jumbled up, I usually try to decipher what everything means for Willard based on what people say about all kinds of other more popular species. I will give it some years yet, but Im thinking ill stick to male ponouns for now. Darn, I was getting excited about eggs. @Cathie G , There is a video, Im not sure everyone can see it, but I posted to the best of my ability.
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