posted on Feb, 14 2014 @ 02:08 AM
reply to post by snarky412
Surely a DNA test would have told you what bloody sex they are and I would want to know that before I made the purchase.
Seems strange. Was obviously expensive, freight costs alone would be stiff.
DNA tests are pretty expensive but there are other ways to ensure or determine the sex of an alligator :
You can actually ensure the sex of an alligator by the method of incubation of the eggs :
High temperatures of 90 to 93 F (32 to 34 C) will give you males; low temperatures of 82 to 86 F (28 to 30 C) will give females.
Although it is not easy to sex a crocodilian visually (some people go by size, but in my experience this can sometimes prove to be wrong),
Otherwise, If you have enough experience, a manual inspection by inserting a finger or visually identifying the penis or clitoris.
In babies this size it is very difficult to determine the sex and also quite stressful for the animal to be going around inserting fingers in order to
find their copulatory organs... thus being the reason why they prefer to wait. (plus the fact that the clitoris can be mistaken for the penis in
Just putting this out there as I am a vet and have worked from time to time with crocodilians.