Bob Sponge asked in PetsReptiles · 3 months ago

What kind of turtle is this? Male or Female? Age?

Found this in a small pond located just outside of Detroit. I believe it's a red eared slider... I'm curious if it's a male or female, and would also like to know its age if possible. The shell on the turtle is slightly larger than a quarter, if that helps. Thanks in advance!!!

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2 Answers

  • Darby
    Lv 6
    3 months ago

    It's a Midland Painted Turtle.

    The sex of a Painted Turtle cannot be accurately determined until its shell is around 4 inches long.  Since each turtle grows at its own rate, this can take anywhere from 2 to 5 years. At that time, males will have developed longer, thicker tails and longer front claws, and females will have smaller tails and shorter front claws.  The cloaca (opening on the underside of the tail) on a female is located close to the edge of shell, whereas on a male it is farther down toward the tip of the tail.

    Is this the same turtle that you accidentally dropped 6 feet onto concrete a few days ago?  At that time, you said it was back into its pond.  That would be the best place for it because baby turtles are very fragile and many do not last very long in captivity.  

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Probably female, last year's hatchling, so it is less than a year old. .

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