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Posted by SteveH on March 06, 2003 at 17:37:10:
In Reply to: Sexing Alligator Snapping turtles posted by runninreps on March 06, 2003 at 13:14:12:
:I wanted to know if there are any alligator snapping turtle experts out there who can sex them. I know it's kind of hard when they're young, but mine is about 3 1/2 years old, so it should be sexable. My guess would be female, but I have no other snapper to compare it to. Let me know what you think.
I've read where reseachers found that they don't reach sexual maturity for 15 yrs.You might be able to raise several hatchlings up and be able to make a guess by different rates of growth. The Houston Zoo said it's hard to tell untill they get 15" shell size. So my guess is it's early to tell. Common Snappers are easier to sex. Just my opinion. Steve