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Golden Greek Tortoises

- male vs female -

Golden Greek tortoises, male and female

A beautiful Golden Greek tortoise pair (Mesopotamian tortoise, Testudo graeca terrestris). Adult females are often much larger than males.

Gender determination

How do you know if you have a boy or a girl? Babies and young tortoises can be difficult to sex accurately, but in adult Greek tortoises (Testudo graeca), the gender specific traits are usually more obvious.

1.) Body & tail size

2.) Cloacal opening

3.) Plastron

4.) Plastron hinge

5.) Anal scutes

Male Golden Greek tortoises

male Golden Greek tortoise

Wild caught, adult male Golden Greek. His tail is bigger and longer than females' tails. Greeks tails are blunt at the end and do not have a "nail tip" like Hermann's tortoises' tails do.

male Golden Greek tortoise

Same adult male as a above with a slightly concave plastron. His anal scute opening is roundish, or triangular, which in other species is typical for females.

Golden Greek tortoise, Testudo graeca, male

One of the Golden Greek males I've hatched and raised. As you can see, my Greek males' tails are not superbly long. When the tail is held to the side, tip of it is just past the tips of the anal scutes.

Female Golden Greek tortoises

female Golden Greek tortoise

Wild caught, adult female Golden Greek. Females have shorter tails than adult males.

Golden Greek tortoise female

Same adult female as above. Her tail is short and stubby. Her plastron is flatter and less concave than that of a mature male. When her tail is tucked to the side, the tail end just about reaches the tip of the anal scutes.

female Golden Greek tortoise

Another wild caught, less peach colored adult female. The cloacal opening is close to the plastron. The bony opening for the tail is less round and kind of mustache shaped, which in other species is typical for males.

Golden Greek tortoise, Testudo graeca, female

One of the adult Golden Greek females I've hatched and raised. When picked up, females typically leave their tails like this, but males like to tug theirs to the side.

 

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