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How Can I Tell If My Turtle Is Boy Or Girl?

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It is not easy to be able to tell the difference between the sexes of any breed of turtle, and Snapping Turtles are no different, so it should probably only be done by an experienced turtle handler. If you want to try yourself then the first thing that you should know is that it is not possible to sex your Snapping Turtle until it is at least twelve months old. This is because they do not show any sexual characteristics until they reach the age when they can breed.

It is advisable to wear gloves when you are handling a Snapping Turtle to protect your hands from any bites or scratches. Leather ones are the best types because they are tough but thin and flexible enough for your hands to move.

The first thing that you need to do is to place your turtle onto a flat surface so that you can look at its shell. The shell of males tends to be flatter across the top than that of the females, which is more dome shaped and rounded. 

Next, have a look at the nails of the turtle. Females’ nails are usually short and blunt, but males have sharper, longer claws. This is for two reasons: The first is because the male turtles are territorial, so they use their nails to defend against other turtles; and so they can hold onto the female’s shell during mating.

Finally, gently turn your turtle over onto its back and pull the tail away from the body so that you can see the vent opening on the underside of the tail. Female turtles have shorter tales, and the vent is situated closer to the body than the males. The mails have longer tails, and the vent is further from the body to enable him to wrap his tail under the female during mating.
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A female snapping turtle has a short chubby tail , while the male has a longer and thinner tail.
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you can tell them apart since male turtles has much longer claws and a much bigger tail(almost 3 times) than the females. Other than that the markings on the shells are also different.. If you are talking about red eared sliders then the females are pure olive green in color while the males are a shade darker and have beautiful pale yellow stripes. And also the shape differs a little.. If you notice closely male turtles are almost perfectly round.. While the females are a little oval in shape.. But it's hardly noticeable.
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It is very easy to tell sex of a female snapping turtle. Let it grow till it attains some good size then go to its backside and watch back of its shell carefully. If you find any small extension there it is male Snapping turtle but if there is no extension or bud like body there then it is definitely a female snapping turtle. I think you will have to use torchlight to make this extension more visible.
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If it has a dark color on its shell it is a boy if it has yellow or a light color its a girl
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Look at the front claws. If they are pretty long, it's more than likely a boy. If they look like little pointy nubs coming out of the foot, it's a girl. But no matter what you do, there is always a chance of being wrong. Reptiles are really hard to tell the genders.
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The female turtle is a scary cat and she does not move a lot  and when you pick it up she does'nt mind and she is a realy lasy turtle she stays in 1 place on the water that is her favorite and some times out of the water the female is realy kind 2 you she is sweet.

The male turtle is not a scary cat and he moves a lot when you pick him up he touches your finger when it is scared and some times it gets angry so becarful he is not a lasy turtle it does not stay in 1 place only some times and it always stays on land and sometimes it stays in the water the male is sometimes mean 2 you he is realy fun and scary.

When a turtle is died it is up side down and closes its eyes.
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A males eyes a red a females is brownish colored I have 10 box turtles and 20 painted turtles I know
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Will! Boy turtles have a long nails and walk fast!! Girl turtles have a shorter nails than the boy turtles and it walks very slow!!=p
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Boys have thicker tails and they waik faster than the females don't walk as fast and don't have as thick as tails
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If the turtle walks fast its a boy and if it walks slow it walks a bit slow it's a girl
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You can tell by asking them . Lol J/K .... You can tell be looking at how fast the walk . Boys walk fast girls on the other hand walk slower , BUT not VERY slow
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Normally the boys have a curve on the bottom of the shell. This makes it easier for them to mate.
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Well first, there are 2 ways you can find out. First, the girls have a short tail and a boys have a very long tail, like passing there shell. Second, the boys nail grows a lot longer.
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You can tell if it's a girl because it looks much pretier dah lol:) and boy torts have muscles hehehe no I'm only kiding boys have big chins and girls don't boys also have long pointy tails were as girls have short curvy tail
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You look to see how long there tail is girls will have shorter and boys will have longer tails.
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See dear it may be hard to Identify sex in some of the species of this family but if you have a  eastern box turtle and if it is a female than the color of the eye would be brown to orange and the plastron(base of shell)would be flat and if it is male than orange to dark red and the plastron would be slightly concave or indent in the middle.this rule would be applicable to many popular breeds of turtles .
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Well, there are specific characteristics in a male and female sea turtle. Males have their cloaca about two-thirds from the shell towards the tip of the tail, while females have their cloaca closer to the shell. Also, males have long claws on their front legs, while the female's claws are shorter. Finally, the male's tails are larger and fatter than females. Females normally only have smaller tails.
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One way of telling is if the tail is thicker it is a boy if it is thinner it is a girl and another way is the anal whole on a girl will be closer to the shell and on a boy its is further away and is also more of a liney kind of shape..

Hope I helped xoxo
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If you have a painted turtle or a red ear slider you have to what until it is 4 inches and then if it is a boy it will have longer nails than a girl. Then the tail of a boy is fat and longer than the girls.
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The female has a small circle on the tale by the shell. The male has a circle on the tale but it it is closer to the end of the tale
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I want to get a turtle, but I'm not sure what kind to get, or to get a boy or a girl! Any suggestions?
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I have a girl and a boy  you can tell bye the shell the girls have like yellow and the boy is like brown to like a dark red and there names r bobareta and frncklen
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Depends on the species.  If it's a cooter, slider, map or painted the male will have much longer front claws and longer thicker tail.  Most female turtles are larger than males and have MUCH smaller, thinner tails.  If it's a box turtle or tortoise the male will have a concave spot on his plastron (bottom shell)   A turtle has to be a certain size to sex though.  Got a picture?
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I have this book and it says: To tell if your turtle is a male or female it depends on the design on there shell.    So it shows designs of a lot of turtles and stuff like that and a lot of other things
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Well uhh maybe you should go see a vet. Because no ordinary human can just tell if a baby turtle is a boy or girl..! I hope I helped and sorry if I didn't
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I have a sun turtle and just found it on the driveway yesturday it is a female because it has long fingernails and a skiny tale if not its a boy.
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If my turtle is a red-eared Slider how can I tell? I don't get what you were saying.
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To find out weather it is male or female, you will have to wait for five to seven months. When they reach at that age, carefully watch them at their back. You will find an outgrowth there at the back of baby snapping turtle shell. It is clearly a male baby snapping turtle. Otherwise it is a female snapping turtle. Be careful while checking it. Watch the back of shell by using a flashlight. It will be clearly visible there.
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One way to distinguish male turtles from female turtles is by looking at the shape of the bottom shell. A convex shape indicates that it is female while a concave shape indicates that it is female. The tail can also be used to tell the sex, and in this case male turtles possess fatter and longer tails than the females.
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Ask the turtle that who r you ?
A male or female ?
If the turtle said that he is a male then he is obviously a male and if the turtle said that she is female then she is  a female.
It is a simple
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I have a baby Snapping turtle that is the size of a half dollar...I would like to know if it is a female or male...

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