I just got this little fella at a LPS and at first I was pretty sure it was a female but the more I look the more I see a Male. It's hairs are so shinny and there is little to no images with others asking on here so I thought I would get some help. The fella is just over 3" DLS
I had just gone through this early with a rufilata that ended up male, looks similar I would say it’s a male unfortunately but molt May say otherwise or someone with more experience would be better helping you
@Glorious Baboon Thanks! Im just not sure. This looks nothing like my other baboons or my Pokies. I have a male P.regalis and a male balfouri and neither one looks like this. Ive only seen one picture of a male I mira on this website and it clearly has the dark horseshoe facillae which mine does not have.
I do think it may molt soon. Its very sluggish and has yet to eat of dig any kind of burrow, yet it drank for a long time when I rehomed it. (the pet store had it in a small deli cup with just a few cm of dirt.) Ive always wanted this species and I know I over paid (especially if its a male) but I just hated seeing it housed like that.
I did the same with an a.seemanni at a pet store, definitely really dark makes it harder to ventral sex they don’t get to big I believe around 4-5” I also own a small sling of this species but have seen mature females just never there underside unfortunately and it doesn’t seem to be the most popular T despite the blue coloration on there feet awesome feature
@KezyGLA Really? Great! Thank you. By measuring it with legs stretched out it hits 3". Ive heard that the males are much smaller, whats the max size for a male?
What is throwing me is the very shinny area around the facillae that looks similar to a few male OBTs ive seen on here. Again theres very little sexing images or pics on this species so thank all of you for the info!
Again thank you! When I first brought it home I thought for sure it was a female, but after looking (its not really visible in the picture and even with a light its hard to see) there is a small, tiny dark epiandrouse fusillae-looking patch but instead of a circle-look its almost a thin line, closer to the coxas of the hind legs , never seen anything like it. It may just be an odd clump of hair, as theres just not much about the species I can find in regards to sexing.
It still has not dug and is sitting on the side of the cage so I'm thinking its going to molt.....or die, which I hope not. For a baboon its incredibly sluggish and slow. It did drink quite a bit and has poo'd several times.
I just measured it again, and if stretched out it is differently around 3", maybe not quite as I originally thought but larger than 2.5 and its differently not a mature male. Again Thank you both, Ive always wanted either a mira or an H. pulchripes, so I appreciate any feedback!
No problem It’s probably in pre molt if it’s sluggish my obt gets sluggish before a molt, my mira took awhile to start digging that’s normal would be my guess it probably took mine around 3 weeks or more to start a burrow