Painted Turtle\'s Gender

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Claudia
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I just got a painted turtle, named Jellybean, from a friend who moved. He does not know if Jellybean is a boy or girl. His ventral side is completely flat. Could someone tell me how to figure out a painted turtle\'s gender.

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How old is your painted turtle? For many turtles, the females are bigger in size than the males. The males have a thicker and longer tail and longer claws when they get older. Often the first sign of sex is the difference in size and the thickness of tails.

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Hi. I just want to say, I\'m in the same problem. I just call my turtle \"him\".
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Hi. I just want to say, I\'m in the same problem. I just call my turtle \"him\".
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The turtle is eight years old. I just measured his/her shell. From shell closest to head measured to shell of tail is nine inches. Across measures 6 1/2 inches.

Thanks for any input,
Claudia
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You\'re measuring CL (carapace length) right? Well CL is actually the length of the upper shell without the curve. But by the sounds of it you have a big turtle and it\'s probably - A SHE!

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I don\'t have a lot of turtle experience, but I did a lot of research recently to sex my own new purchase.
With a lot of species the plastron of males curves in and females are flat, so that also points to Jellybean being a she, since you said yours was flat.
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