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Post Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:31 pm   Turtle laying eggs

How big is your turtle?
She is about 6 inches in diameter

How long have you had it?
3.5 years since she was a baby

What is the water temperature?
Around 80

Did you use a thermometer?
No

Are you using a water heater?
Yes

How much water is in there?
150 gallons

Are you using a water conditioner?
Yes

Are you using any filtration?
Yes an eheim professional 2 as well as a smaller filter

What is the basking temperature?
Not 100% sure

Is there a basking light?
Yes

Is there a basking platform that is easy to climb on?
Yes above tank basking area

What kind is it or what is it made out of?
The ramp is made of plexiglass with holes drilled in it and the above tank basking area is made of wood with a 2 by 1 foot tile for her to bask on

Is there a UVB light?
Yes over the basking area as well as one over the tank

What have you been trying to feed it?
They eat shrimp, turtle food and turtle chasers, tried cuttle and they had no interest

When was the last time your turtle ate?
6 pm

How big is the tank/pond/enclosure?
150 gallons plus the above tank basking area

Is the tank near a window?
No in a basement

Is the tank in a room with a lot of activity?
No

Have you read the Basic Care section?
Yes

Have you searched the forums for similar situations?
No

Is there any other unusual activity/symptoms?
She is with a male and has laid about 4 eggs since Sunday am in the water. I have filled a pool with dirt and sand and have put her in it at different intervals bit she hasn't laid any in the sand only in the water in her tank. I have felt for eggs and didn't feel any but have a feeling she still has more how do I make her comfortable enough to lay them and how long should I wait to see if she lays them on her own before taking her to a vet. I don't want to have her suffer egg binding but also don't want to stress her out if I can get her to lay them!
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:40 pm   Re: Turtle laying eggs

Any outdoor areas for her to nest? Is it warm enough? Eggs are laid and buried on land, so she didn't find anything suitable for her and held them in until now. It's good that she's expelling them... go ahead and feel if she has more. And she will with a male, and you will have to separate them sooner than later.
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:57 pm   Re: Turtle laying eggs

Unfortunately I'm in canada so it's still too cold for her to lay them here outside. I have felt but didn't feel anything. I have provided her with a deep wide pool filled with sand and dirt but she isn't laying them. I know I'm dreading having to give one of them up!
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:15 pm   Re: Turtle laying eggs

You don't have to give them up, but you will need to be creative down the line.
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:37 pm   Re: Turtle laying eggs

Lol oki. So any idea how long I should let her try lay the eggs naturally before bringing her to a vet? It's be 4 days as of today that she's been laying eggs. She's laid 4 so far all in the water.
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 1:06 am   Re: Turtle laying eggs

If you're feeling for eggs correctly, and she doesn't have any then I would say you are in the clear. However, they are probably mating so her being gravid will be an issue again.
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