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Posted by deathstalker on February 21, 2003 at 01:03:02:
In Reply to: sexing hogs by tail... posted by repzoo44 on February 16, 2003 at 18:16:21:
Generally, at six months of age, differentiating sexes via tail size is difficult although I've been able to do it a few times. Males would very slightly have a longer tail.
However, to be sure, don't probe just yet so to avoid any possible injuries, but rather perform the "popping" technique. This is going to be kind of hard to instruct via words, but here goes...
Gently--yet firmly--bend the tail over a finger (most likely your index finger) on the dorsal side, lined up over the cloaca, and with your thumb, gently--yet firmly--press down and forward before the anal plate (ventral side, of course) towards the tail tip to "pop" out the hemipenes if it's a male or two black specks if it's a female.
Really, though, have someone experienced demonstrate this technique for you to be safe...it's kind of hard providing a detailed enough description.