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Posted by Silly-atus fan on September 26, 2002 at 12:48:05:
In Reply to: R. Auriculatus Sexual Maturity? posted by Leprachaun13 on September 25, 2002 at 20:12:35:
Somewhere around 5-6 months, most males start to flaunt their wares. Some do start later, but on average, by 6 months, you can tell the beginnings of the hemipenal bulge, though it might be difficult if you're relatively new at it. By 9-10 months, if it's not an obvious male, it's pretty safe to say it's female. Unlike cresties who can 'wake up male one morning' even around a year old, I find ariculatus generally don't do that. The oldest I've seen a 'female' turn male was 10 months.
There is one thing you should be aware of with auriculatus - some females have quite a bump too, though not as large and not as well defined. I had one pair that wouldn't lay eggs though both were around 18 months old, until I took a close look and realized 'he' was a well endowed female.