Non-Invasive gender determination of turtles

Are you tired of waiting year after year to finally know the gender of your turtles? We offer a new uncomplicated solution! We are far advanced in the development of the first molecular gender-determination test for turtles for the four families: testudinids, geoemydids, emydids and cheloniids. These turtle families comprise more than 50% of all living turtle species and further families will follow soon. As you certainly know, incubating at specific temperatures to obtain a certain gender with certainty is in most cases insufficiently reliable. But in all cases, an early gender determination is definitely crucial for every successful commercial and non-commercial breeder. In contrast to other available gender-determining procedures, our test is not invasive: all we need is a swab-test taken from the turtles’ mouth cavity.

Ordering for 2021

We kindly ask breeders who have hatchlings and juvenile turtles to be sexed – or know that they will do so in the near future – to use the web-form for ordering (alternatively the button on the image below) for ordering testing and  specifying the species and number of individuals to be tested. We need these numbers to make certain that you will obtain your results on a first-come-first-serve basis. As soon as testing capacities become available we will inform and send you the required number of swabs and test tubes. You will obtain the result of the tests within about four weeks upon receipt of your samples.

Gender determination of turtles is carried out by the experienced  team of Ark-Biodiversity’s Laboratory with the utmost care and professionalism.