On August, I have shared about an act that can be interpreted differently…depending on the turtle’s sex. The post is called Fluttering.
This month, I realize I haven’t shared about how to differentiate male turtle to female turtle. It is very simple to differentiate us…but, you have to wait till we are about 4 inches in length. We often look the same when we are smaller than that size.
We should warn you that if you are a turtle, you have to be above 3years to see this as there is an image that no little turtle is allowed to see 😉
To differentiate us, all you need to do is look at our nails and tail. See this image (we borrowed it from redearslider.com)
The easiest way to know is by seeing our nails. Female has short nails while male has long nails. As for tail, the image above didn’t quite show how different those tails are, it only shows the location of the cloaca…for that,you need to turn the turtle upside down. You can spot it easier by looking at the length, male has longer tail than female.
To prove that we are indeed females, here are photos of our tails taken from a post called sexy butts, mommy posted these embarrassing photos on April. You can see that we have short tails.
Too bad we couldn’t find the
butt tail of a male turtle. But we have something special from Happycamper. Early October, she posted Sheldon’s Penis. Sheldon is her turtle’s name. it was a real shock for all of us,including mommy. We never thought that turtle has such ‘flowery‘ penis. you can read her thread in here.
That black thing that looks like flower is RES’s penis.
Here is another photo of Sheldon showing off his thing when his mommy rubs his stomach
Hmmm…I bet mommy is feeling lucky that she has girls instead of boys 😉
Now, let’s move onto nails!
We have shared pictures of our nails before in Kame & Kroten’s differences, both our hand has short nails.
and here are Sheldon’s nails
We hope this turtle fact can help you find out whether certain turtle is female or male 😉
To close this post, look at how pretty we are. We are lucky to be girls 🙂