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Prolapse in F tortoise

Discussion in 'North American Tortoises (genus Gopherus)' started by Keenie2017, Jun 21, 2019.

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  1. Keenie2017

    Keenie2017 New Member

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    This morning I found my tortoise like this. (See image). She hasn’t done this before. Her cloaca really looks like a female’s and her tail is short so I thought she is a she.

    What is this? Is it normal? Why is she doing this? She retracted it after about a minute. Should I worry and take her to the vet?

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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    IT'S A BOY!!! Break out the blue cigars...

    Most tortoises look female-ish as youngsters. The secondary sexual characteristics that help us identify the males don't usually occur until they are closer to full maturity.

    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    What is an "F" tortoise?

    Are you aware that most of the care info for DTs is wrong? They need hydration and an enclosure with moderate humidity and a humid hide, especially as babies.
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    Oh okay! I thought I initially had a M tortoise but looking at all the images people would post in a forum I then though he was female.

    F = female

    Yea I just took him out and put him on a doggy pee pad and towels to get a picture. What’s the best substrate? I tried coco noir and cypress mulch together but then he got an upper respiratory infection.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Here is the care info for them. Title says Russian tortoises, but care is identical. Read this one and then come back with any questions:
    https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/russian-tortoise-care-sheet.80698/
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    Only male tortoises have a penis. :) sorry I couldn't resist. Enjoy the forum, and feel free to ask questions.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    You may occasionally see a prolapse in a female tortoise, but it never looks like your picture. It's usually a red ball-shaped protrusion. Your picture is definitely showing a penis.
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