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Differentiating Male and Female Testudo graeca (Greek tortoise) - Darrell Senneke

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Sexing T. graeca, as in most adult Testudo, is fairly easily done. Greek tortoises have distinct differences between the sexes,  this page should help you identify which sex you have. 


Please also see the care sheet on this species at:  Testudo graeca terrestris  “Golden Greek” Tortoise


The easiest way to sex this species is by the length of the tail and the slightly concave plastron of the male.  This pair, in this case Golden Greeks, are typical for the species in general.  The male can be seen on the left. 



As you can see, the plastron of the male is slightly concave in comparison to the female.    

Male Testudo graeca

Female Testudo graeca


As can be seen in the close-up below, the female's tail (on the right) is much shorter in length.

Male Testudo graeca

Female Testudo graeca


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