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Posted by nathana on April 17, 2003 at 09:35:58:
In Reply to: Re: multi-species indoor pond set-up posted by cmturt on April 16, 2003 at 20:53:31:
if you can hold two musks side by side, and they are opposite sexes, you will have no problem telling them apart. Without that comparison I myself have trouble with species I am not familiar with or have not yet been able to compare like that.
Males have a very trunklike tail, making the females look dinky in comparison, but either by itself is just relative and so hard to quantify in a typed description...
Heck, I had one spotted turtle for a year, and I didn't know "for sure" which sex it was until I went to buy another and was shown a male and female side by side for comparison. And I've kept TONS of north american species.
I would recommend heading to a reptile show, since there will be so many animals there you'll have a good chance of being able to see and compare animals on the spot. You might also get to eliminate some that might be harassing their cramped show quarters tankmates.