1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!

Female RES nesting box

Discussion in 'Water turtles' started by Tucker46, May 26, 2018.

Help Support Tortoise Forums by donating:

  1. Tucker46

    Tucker46 New Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2018
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Location (City and/or State):
    California
    My 3yo RES lay an egg in her tank. She is not kept with other turtles and I’ve had her since she was a tiny hatchling. Over the last several weeks she has been more restless and consuming extra calcium (cuttlebone) and food but this really caught me off guard. After the egg was passed I built her a nesting box which I’ve put her in for short periods of 1-2 hrs several times a day. I’ve also given her supervised time in the yard to root around in the garden but nothing yet. QUESTION: If she is active eating and basking how long can I give nature to take its course and when will she need to see a vet. As I missed the early signs I worry about her becoming egg bound. I would prefer to spare her the stress of a Vet visit and oxytocin injections if it can be avoided. Any advice??
    Techyrn808 likes this.
  2. Techyrn808

    Techyrn808 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2018
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location (City and/or State):
    Kapaa, HI
    (These ads do not appear for registered members.)
    I have same issues. Worried about her being egg bound and not sure if eggs are viable or not. Made an incubator and transferred eggs into it. Every day see lays about two more eggs, but in her pond. We fish them out gently and do not turn them. I still see and can feel eggs just behind her thighs and before her tail. I put her in a screened enclosure on the grass for hours at a time, but nothing. A little uprooting of grass but nothing as nifty as your dug.
  3. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    82,792
    Likes Received:
    56,568
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Clovis, CA
    Keep her warmer than usual. When you put her into the nest area position a light over the area so she can get her body temperature up to 85F degrees or so.
Similar Threads: Female nesting
Forum Title Date
Water turtles Female Musk Digging Tunnels to lay eggs. Jun 30, 2019
Water turtles Last female Yangtze giant softshell turtle dies Apr 14, 2019
Water turtles Male or female red ear Jun 17, 2017
Water turtles Female turtle Apr 1, 2017
Water turtles Is my African sideneck a female or male? Mar 5, 2017

Share This Page