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Learn how to tell whether a turtle is male or female

Suitable For

Grade 2



Time Required

 <12 Hours



What’s it about?

Learning about turtles and tortoises can be fun and surprising. Since they have been on the earth for more than 200 million years, many interesting facts have been discovered through the centuries. Have you ever wondered how to tell if a turtle is a male or a female? Find out in the following science experiment:

Topics covered

Plastron, Convex / Concave

What will I need?


Procedure (Method)

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How does it work?

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In this science experiment you can tell the gender of a turtle by examining it’s under shell, also called the ‘plastron’ of a turtle. If the ‘plastron’ is slightly ‘convex’ or curved outward, the turtle is a female. If the under shell is ‘concave’ or slightly curved inward, you know that the turtle is a male!

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