red-eared slider sexing - male example
Male red-eared slider — note the long front claws

Captive red-eared sliders generally reach sexual maturity within 2-4 years. Male and female red-eared sliders look a lot like each other even after sexual maturity, but they do have some essential differences that will clue you in on their sex.

Male red-eared sliders have long front claws and a longer tail. They also have a concave plastron.

Female red-eared sliders have short front claws, a short tail, and a flat plastron. They also tend to grow larger than males.

These rules also apply to yellow-bellied sliders (T. scripta scripta) and Cumberland sliders (T. scripta troosti).

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