Thank you KarenE for this link. thumb Joey Growth & Development

Edited to Add:
One frequently asked question about joeys is how to determine the gender. Please note that all joeys - males and females have a small cloacal extension when they first come out of pouch that appears to be a penis. This cloacal extension is actually used by the joey's parents to stimulate it to deficate and urinate. Usually, within two to three weeks of coming out of pouch it has resorbed and is no longer evident.
Female joeys have a small slit where you would expect a belly button to be. This is their pouch opening and it runs vertically on their body (rather than horizontally like a kangaroo's does):


Male joeys have a small nub just above their cloaca. This is their scrotal sac and as they get older and become sexually mature it will drop away from their body:


*Note that the cloacal extension is evident in both pictures.



Edited by sugarglidersuz (03/03/08 05:58 AM)
Edit Reason: to add gender information and pictures
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