turtleyenough:

A female Res inspects her eggs:)

When a female is gravid, or carrying eggs, you will need to provide an appropriate nesting area so she can lay them properly. A female RES can be gravid without the presence of a male and the eggs will not be fertilized. She can still be gravid if mating was unsuccessful. You can gently feel for eggs between the carapace and in front of her rear legs. Be very gentle and careful because there is a possibility of breaking the eggs. She will instinctively want to create a nest and lay a clutch of eggs. A clutch may contain over twenty eggs for a healthy, full-grown female. If environmental conditions are right, she may lay around 3 or 4 clutches in a season.

A female RES in an aquarium would show signs of wanting to nest by becoming very restless and exhibiting a lot of digging motions with her hind legs and will frantically try to get out of the tank. She may bask more during this time and additional calcium and UVB rays should be provided. A nest area is very important for her to lay her eggs naturally. If she does not lay her eggs, she might lay eggs in the water or retain them, which would cause egg binding. If the turtle has laid one or two eggs in the water, you still need to provide a nesting area. It is likely that the entire clutch was not laid and she is still gravid.

Turtle Update!

I am no expert on gravid #turtles. Can anyone help this #RES humom out?

my thoughts? Check and make sure all the temperatures are warm enough and the humidity in your enclosure right. Does she have a nesting area and has she used it at all? 

I wish I could help more. Definitely watch her activity level and if she’s still eating. If she has stopped eating and starts to have trouble moving or has trouble with her back legs, definitely take her to the vet ASAP. You don’t want egg binding to happen. Its a life threatening issue. 

hugs to you and your shell babies and their babies 🙂

reptilesgalore:

So my RES laid 5 eggs today. Unfortunately 2 of them cracked. So now we are incubating the remaining 3 and also unfortunately we do not know how long the eggs have been in water. 2 of them appear to have drowned while the other looks extremely healthy. But it seems as if my turtle in retaining 2-4 eggs. My poor baby is probably uncomfortable and refuses to lay the eggs. I am going to take her to the vet tomorrow to see if there is anything that I can do. 

Just thought you would all like to know how everything is going!

If you guys have any suggestions as to how I can help her lay the eggs I would be extremely grateful and would give you my life and 5 goats… (not really but I would find something to give you) 😀

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Turtle Update!

I am no expert on gravid #turtles. Can anyone help this #RES humom out?

my thoughts? Check and make sure all the temperatures are warm enough and the humidity in your enclosure right. Does she have a nesting area and has she used it at all? 

I wish I could help more. Definitely watch her activity level and if she’s still eating. If she has stopped eating and starts to have trouble moving or has trouble with her back legs, definitely take her to the vet ASAP. You don’t want egg binding to happen. Its a life threatening issue. 

hugs to you and your shell babies and their babies 🙂

reptilesgalore:

So my RES laid 5 eggs today. Unfortunately 2 of them cracked. So now we are incubating the remaining 3 and also unfortunately we do not know how long the eggs have been in water. 2 of them appear to have drowned while the other looks extremely healthy. But it seems as if my turtle in retaining 2-4 eggs. My poor baby is probably uncomfortable and refuses to lay the eggs. I am going to take her to the vet tomorrow to see if there is anything that I can do. 

Just thought you would all like to know how everything is going!

If you guys have any suggestions as to how I can help her lay the eggs I would be extremely grateful and would give you my life and 5 goats… (not really but I would find something to give you) 😀

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