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Old 04-04-2012, 06:10 PM
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I was hoping someone on here would help me with regard to sex and species/breed of my terrapins.
I know they are referred to as (Yellow Belly Sliders) but I've heard some breeds suck as red eared etc and was wondering if mine had any specific species name or such?
As for sex I think I know but I'm still new to terrapins. (had them roughly 8 months now).
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Looking like ybs, we need pictures of tails to determine sex.
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Tails would definitly help and if possible a front on view of the head.

Fine specimens though, hope you have a big tank coz if they turn out to be female they may reach 13" each
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Is this better guys? Thanks again




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Yes they are Yellow bellied sliders, Trachemys scripta scripta. They look to both be females. Females usually max out at 10 to 11 inches.

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Going on the following from what I have read...so I'm by no means an expert.

Both look to have short claws which would lean towards FEMALE.

Tails look to be quite short and rounded which would also lean towards FEMALE.

Based on that I'd say both Female agreeing with Danny
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They are only about 10 months old so can it still be difficult to tell?
They were fanning each other a few weeks back. I video'd it. But I thought they only did that as a sign of them wanting to mate?
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They are only about 10 months old so can it still be difficult to tell?
They were fanning each other a few weeks back. I video'd it. But I thought they only did that as a sign of them wanting to mate?
They're big for 10 months though. I would say they are a lot older than that, and certainly look female.

Fanning can also be a sign of dominance but I guess you would call it "playing" in young turtles.


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These pics are from the same day damn you!!

And they are no older than 1 year. I got them out the shop when they were not even the size of my palm maybe about an inch long. I just feed them well give them plenty of UV and a good basking area and they seem to thrive .

Will two girls get on okay as they get older? One of them does bite the others shell at times around the back next to then tail.
The other ones doesn't seem to bother by it but I still top them. And it's only ever the very tip of the back of the shell. And very very occasional.
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They are big, not always a good thing for them to have been "grown on quickly" though.

What have you been feeding and how much? Are you able to weigh them at all, purely out of interest?

They will need a very large indoor tank/pond and preferably an outdoor pond for the summer as they could reach 12"+.

Two females should get on fine, but quite one is biting the other at the moment I'm not too sure. They can cause quite bad injuries which get infected so you need to keep an eye on them. If they need to be separated it will mean two set ups, two filters in fact two of everything!
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