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Differentiating Male and Female Cuora pani (Pan’s Box Turtle) - Chris Tabaka DVM

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This rare, extremely shy species is straightforward in terms of sexing.   It does however remain elusive in terms of reproduction and a number of projects are ongoing to try to unravel these secrets.


A care sheet is currently (03-03-2003) under development by Ben Forrest of the Memphis Zoo and Chris Tabaka, DVM.  




Male is on the right and the female is on the left

Again, the female is on the left and the male is on the right.   Note the elongated appearance to the male as well as the more “ovoid” appearance to the female.


While the tail of the female Pan’s box turtle is as long as the male’s, it is much thinner from the base to the tip as can be seen in the pictures below.

Male Cuora pani

Female Cuora pani



Another set of pictures can be seen below.   Again, the width of the tail rather than the length is the primary difference in this species

Male Cuora pani

Female Cuora pani

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