Male or Female

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Re: Male or Female

Postby ClaireO » Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:22 pm

Hi everyone,
Nina kindly started this thread on my behalf, I took this tortoise in 2 weeks ago. I realy appreciate all your input. I think he/she has been constipated, we have added some aloe vera to munch on. It only seems to drink when having a bath, so I'll bathe daily for a bit to keep hydrated. The water dish in the run seems to be more of a foot spa!! Im quite sure there was a trumpet-like show in the bath today, but no camera to catch it! Would it be ok to post on here if I do get a picture? Despite my best google-ing, I am yet to get it clear in my mind how male/ female torty organs are distinguished.

Many thanks,
Claire.
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Re: Male or Female

Postby Bigjoe » Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:09 pm

Hi Claire
Well done for taking care of this one,have you got a good tort vet :?:
Male reproduction organ picture for you.
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Re: Male or Female

Postby massimiliano » Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:12 pm

With a lot of modesty, I disagree with mr Andy. I think it's a male.
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Re: Male or Female

Postby Tortoise Trust » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:57 am

It could be. I am honestly not 100% on this one. The BODY SHAPE is suggestive of a male, but the tail is certainly closer to what I'd expect from a female. Some are not easy to tell.. this is one of them. When walking along, if the tail is tucked in sideways, that is a good indication of male, but not shown in these photos.
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Re: Male or Female

Postby massimiliano » Sat Feb 21, 2015 4:12 pm

I agree tail is uncertain, but the angle of scales above tail in wide, so I think male .
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Re: Male or Female

Postby ClaireO » Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:54 pm

Thank you all for your contributions. Our friend seems to be settling in, seems very sociable and inquisitive! No poo for a week, I am giving daily baths still to keep hydrated. He is enjoying dandelions leaves, lambs lettuce and occasional aloe Vera (thanks to Nina for the suggestion) I don't mean to put a cat amongst the pigeons, but I wonder if he is male after all our discussions. I am going to try and attach a photo of what he frequently shows in his bath, unfortunately I am not a great smartphone photographer.
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Re: Male or Female

Postby massimiliano » Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:43 pm

no more doubt...it's a male. what he shows is ..his male attribute
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Re: Male or Female

Postby Tortoise Trust » Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:11 pm

Agreed. No room for doubt at all now.

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Re: Male or Female

Postby ClaireO » Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:53 pm

Thanks guys,
I'm pleased you have confirmed, he certainly is proud to be a male!!
have a good weekend,
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Re: Male or Female

Postby ClaireO » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:55 pm

Hi guys, It turns out Nina's suspicion's were right:I have found out that the poor chap had an encounter with a Lawn Mower!!! And lost part of his tail some years ago. I think that is enough drama for one tortoise's life time. He is doing well, so happy when he can get outside in the sunshine.

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