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Old 23-08-2008, 01:12 PM   #1
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Exclamation Tommy is a girl after all....but what about Rosie?

Can anyone help please? I have recently been given 2 tortoises by my mum who is nearly 80. She got Tommy as a very small tort in 1960 so we know that he is about 50 years old. A few years ago he was unwell and was x-rayed - turns out that he is a 'she' as she had some eggs inside her!! Anyway the other tort - Rosie we think is about 30, my mum bought her in 1990 from someone who couldn't keep her anymore. Mum's vet told her that Rosie was actually a boy but when I took her more recently I was told that she is a girl! Mum says that she must be a boy otherwise Tommy wouldn't have produced eggs. Is this true or can torts produce unfertilised eggs without the presence of a male? What a dilemma!!!!
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Old 23-08-2008, 03:45 PM   #2
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We need a shot of the underneath/plastron.....mainly the tail area
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Old 23-08-2008, 05:12 PM   #3
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I'll take one tomorrow - they've gone to bed now. zzz
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Here's one of his/her underside!
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Old 24-08-2008, 04:22 PM   #5
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I would certainly say female from the picture

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Old 24-08-2008, 04:25 PM   #6
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Sorry should of added yes females can produce eggs without the presence of a male ,I just had two tortoises handed in a female Tgg(whitei) and a female hermans who have lived together for the last 40yrs and both lay eggs every year without fail.

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Old 24-08-2008, 05:04 PM   #7
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Female......lucky girls!!
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Old 24-08-2008, 08:02 PM   #8
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Thank you so much for your help - it was really bugging me! At least I can keep calling her she now without worrying that I'm hurting her feelings!!
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