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Posted by Silly-atus fan on December 05, 2002 at 21:31:23:
In Reply to: Re: Guaranteed female and breedable age???? Good luck >>>> posted by GECKOS UNLIMITED on December 05, 2002 at 21:19:24:
By the time they're 5-6 months old, I've got a pretty good idea about who's male. By around 8 months I'm pretty sure about who's what. However, there's always that one hold out - the male who decides to wait until the last minute to show off his family jewels. It hasn't happened often to me, but it has happened. . . and those two males who messed things up for me are the reason I won't guarantee gender on any crested younger than 1 year, unless I have found eggs from her, seen him/her/them mating, or it's visibly male from a mile away.
:I believe that R. ciliatus can be accurately sexed around 15 grams. With the difference in husbandry techniques (feeding, supplementation, etc.)among crested breeders, I think that the actual age of a 15 gram crested can be rather variable. I find it hard to believe that one would not be able to determine the sex of a crested before a year. 15 gram cresteds in my collection are around 4 months old, and I will guarantee females at this age. I haven't been wrong yet (knock on cork bark), but I do think that it can be a little tricky to accurately sex females before this particular weight. Males can be distinguised at such an young age (10 grams) due to the noticeable separation of gonads.