Non-invasive sexing needs to wait until the iguana is 8" long snout-vent length svl this is approximately at 12 months of age assuming proper environment and diet from date of purchase or shortly thereafter. Pet stores selling baby iguanas younger than a year of age who tell you what sex they are are, quite simply, lying to you. Iguanas whose overall growth has been severely stunted will continue their sexual development, although it may be delayed. Note that the onset of the first breeding season, occurring at 1. Femoral Pores Femoral pores will have begun to expand on the males, with the whitish keratin plug clearly visible in all of the pores. In females, the pores remain pinpoints except for the first pores immediately adjacent to the vent may be slightly opened.
How to Tell the Difference between Male and Female Iguanas
How do you tell the sex and age of an iguana? | Our Reptile Forum
It is easiest to sex your iguana once they reach about a year old when males develop physical characteristics including femoral pores, fat pockets on the back of their head, longer spikes, and their hemipenal bulges will become more pronounced. While you might be happy with your pet no matter its gender, knowing if it is a male or female will help you better care for the animal. There are a few methods to use to sex your iguana at home, but you will have to wait until the animal reaches sexual maturity. Once the iguana reaches the age of sexual maturity, some characteristics will become more pronounced, including the femoral pores.
What are the differences between male and female iguanas? Visually determining the sex of an iguana is only possible once it has reached sexual maturity, usually at around two years old. Males are larger, grow bumps on their head, and have a large dewlap.
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