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Posted: 02 Nov 2020, 13:40
Hi, I have just taken my Sulcata tortoise out of her bath and noticed a strange part of her body sticking out her rear end. She had pooped as usual. Can any one advise me what this is and is it a problem? Sorry pic isn't very clear. [attachment=0]IMG_20201102_131937.jpg[/attachment]
Posted: 02 Nov 2020, 14:00
No, not a problem at all. As long as it go back to normal soon, he is just letting you know he is a male (or female, they flash too).
Posted: 02 Nov 2020, 14:31
Ooops, I thought there was something major wrong. I think she is female, but now not so sure!
Posted: 02 Nov 2020, 17:00
I couldn't see clearly enough from your photo if this is a male tortoise's penis, which is perfectly normal, and they do 'flash', or whether this is a female tortoise with an intestinal or cloacal prolapse, and that is not normal. As far as I know female tortoises don't 'flash' but can have prolapses, and these can be serious. Lin were you meaning a prolapse when you said about female tortoises flashing?
As I said, I couldn't see clearly what was coming out of your tortoise, but here is an article about a sulcata with a prolapse, with some photos
and here are some photos of male tortoises' organs (you have to scroll down a bit): https://www.justanswer.com/pet-reptile/ ... -rear.html
So maybe those can help you decide which it was.
It probably is just a male, showing off, but If it is a prolapse and hasn't gone in after a short period of time, then you can coat it in ordinary sugar, and that often does the trick (here is an article from The Tortoise Trust on how to treat a prolapse with sugar: https://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/prolapse.htm
How old is your tortoise? If you send us a photo of your tortoise's underside, with the tail clearly showing, we ought to be able to tell you what sex it is.
Posted: 02 Nov 2020, 19:53
Looking at some more photos I am sure you have a female as you thought.
> Ooops, I thought there was something major wrong. I think she is female,
> but now not so sure!
Posted: 02 Nov 2020, 20:31
And I've done some further checking and females do sometimes flash their clitoris, so Lin was right about females sometimes flashing. Has it gone back in yet?
Posted: 02 Nov 2020, 20:35
Yes it went back in quite quickly. I have tried to post a pic to help confirm the sex, but it is saying the file is too large?
Posted: 02 Nov 2020, 22:00
You can post it to me or Nina, by sending it to email@example.com
Posted: 04 Nov 2020, 09:37
Thanks, email sent
Posted: 04 Nov 2020, 12:40
Although at only two years old I would say its almost impossible to sex a tortoise. So with that in mind I would say its a female but with room to change in a few years time.