- Aug 14, 2019
From these images does the turtle seem male or female? It’s shell is about 5 inches long but keep in mind that southern painted turtles are small. I’ve always assumed it was female, but she has never laid eggs or become egg-bound. Her tail was bitten off by another turtle when she was a baby, so all she has is a nub as you can see, with the cloacal opening just at or slightly past the plastron. What do you guys think?