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Sex toys are being used to give turtles erections so scientists can save their species. ide his body when he is not aroused. They are having such trouble working out their gender they need to stimulate the reptiles to collect accurate data on how many males and females are left.

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(Picture: Donald McKnight)
Vibrators are being used to give turtles boners

The problem is that the two sexes can look essentially identical, with the male’s penis tucked inside his body when he is not aroused.
One option is to cut open the turtle’s genitals to have a look, but this procedure can weaken them or cause fatal infections. So researchers came up with a novel solution – to use vibrators on the turtles to find out if anything pokes out when they are stimulated.
(Picture: Donald McKnight)
Vibrators are being used to give turtles boners

Donald McKnight, a PhD candidate at James Cook University in Australia, was studying western chicken turtles for his master’s degree. He said: ‘To really understand what is going on with a population and how to conserve it, you need to be able to distinguish males and females.

‘We weren’t doing this because we thought it would be fun. We did this because we were trying to find a less invasive method of sexing problematic turtles.’
Scientists say they have to ‘get the turtles in the mood’ by gently rubbing the vibrators on the creature’s chest area in small circles, before moving down to the tail.
Donald McKnight and his colleagues stumbled on this method after reading a paper on making turtles ejaculate using sex toys.
(Picture: Donald McKnight)
Vibrators are being used to give turtles boners

The method of sexing the spiny softshell turtle was successful 100 per cent of the time.
He added: ‘One of them was showing his penis in like four seconds.’

Turtles are struggling to survive, with about half of all species threatened with extinction.

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