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Post Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:47 am   My turtle wants to lay eggs?

She is 3.5 years old and 10 inches long, in these a few days she broke the basking lights, jumped from 4.5 feet high, desperately trying to get out. Is she ready to lay eggs? What should I prepare for her? A box with some sand? How often will she do this? Please help, urgent! Thanks.
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:18 pm   Re: My turtle wants to lay eggs?

Have you tried to feel for eggs yet? I've found that when my turtle was gravid, she's want to come out around the same time of day, each day (usually in the morning). It's during this time you'd want to try putting her into a tub of packed dirt and see if she wants to try. If you have access to a garden or backyard with dirt, even better. They are very instinctive as to where they want to nest, so the dirt tub method doesn't usually work.
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:01 pm   Re: My turtle wants to lay eggs?

I can get her to the backyard, but it's not fenced for her size, I need to watch her the whole process, how long does it take for her to spot a place and lay eggs? Half an hour will do it?
She jumps out mostly in the morning, and she gets aggravated when I try to feel her eggs. But I think it's about the age and size for her to lay eggs....
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:14 pm   Re: My turtle wants to lay eggs?

Well, if she likes it, she'll start right away. It takes longer her first time, I think mine took about 3 hours the first time, about an hour the second time. She'll stay in the same spot, you just need to keep things away from her (birds, cats, etc.).
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:56 pm   Re: My turtle wants to lay eggs?

She just laid her 3rd egg, I don't know how many more are coming. It's been an hour and half since she started digging. It's getting dark now, hope she gets the job done soon...
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Post Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:35 am   Re: My turtle wants to lay eggs?

I think there's usually more. Good luck, it may take more than one session.. Maybe.
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Post Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:24 pm   Re: My turtle wants to lay eggs?

She laid 5, now I'm wondering how often she has to do this? Once a year? Twice?
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:30 am   Re: My turtle wants to lay eggs?

She's alone, right? I think it's way more unpredictable when they're alone.
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