How To Tell The Age Or Sex Of A Turtle
by valerie cherry
(Melrose Park IL 60160)
How do I know if my turtle is a boy or a girl?
And how do I know how old my turtle is?
Lots of people have the problems you have.
First, here's how to tell the sex of a turtle. You will pay attention to two body parts.
1. Look at the plastron. That's the bottom shell. If it is concave -- dents upward toward the inside of the turtle -- you have a boy.
2. Look at the tail. Boys have longer and thicker tails. Or course, this helps you only if you can see other turtles like yours. You didn't send a picture, so we can't help you more than that.
Second, you want to know the age of a turtle. The only real way to know is to be there when the turtle is born. If the turtle is young, size can help you if you know what is normal for the type of turtle you have.
Some people think that you can tell how old a turtle is by counting the rings on its shell the way you can with a tree, but that isn't true.
Keep it slow and steady,