Male or Female Axolotl?

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Hey y'all, this golden albino is about a year and a half old. I've been assuming that he is a boy, since the cloaca region does generally seem swollen (I feel like it's usually more so than in these pictures), but I've heard of people who've mistaken their females for males before. "He" does seem to have a rounder body shape but maybe he's just chubby? Anyway, I'm just not sure. What do you think? It really doesn't matter that much, but I've been hoping to raise some babies someday and I'd kind of need to know for that to happen, lol.
 

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In my experience, if the axolotl is old enough to sex and you're "unsure" it's always a female. In adult axolotls, the male cloaca is so obvious you wouldn't be unsure.
 

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In my experience, if the axolotl is old enough to sex and you're "unsure" it's always a female. In adult axolotls, the male cloaca is so obvious you wouldn't be unsure.

Well, that's the thing, I've heard that females do sometimes have a visible bump, so I'm honestly not sure at what point it's considered "obvious," you know?
 

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Here are a few more pictures now that he/she isn't all curled up, lol
 

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Could go either way

I find the adult males you can see the bulging cloaca on either side of the tail from the top view.

And yes as adults should be very obviously glands on either side
 

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Well, that's the thing, I've heard that females do sometimes have a visible bump, so I'm honestly not sure at what point it's considered "obvious," you know?

What I tried to say: if it was a male, you would be sure.

It could be that in a few months the cloaca bulges out more, yes.
With an adult, if it's a male you'll know.

If you're unsure, it's a female.
 

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Not trying to spam here, but I'm still going back and forth just about every other day whether I think my dude is a girl or a boy 😂

Here's one more picture I took today. This is, I think, a little closer to what he/she "usually" looks like, buuuuut maybe it just has to poop, lol.

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