General Care Discussion :: I Think my Turtle is Gravid?

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:48 pm   I Think my Turtle is Gravid?

I haven't posted on here in months because nothing eventful has happened to my turtle but... I heard Skipper scratching intently at the bottom of her tank (which could be normal) for around 5 minutes, but only in one spot.
I just wanted to check, so I took her out of her tank and palpated her abdomen (it's hard to do but I have developed a strategy- hold the turtle underwater around it's middle and put a finger between it's leg and shell. When it tries to swim, move your finger into the pocket that it keeps it's legs in. Ta-da!)
I felt nothing on her left side, but on her right side I felt two or three slightly squishy balls around the size of my thumbnail. I've palpated her abdomen before and I haven't noticed this.
She has no loss of appetite and no behavioral changes (besides scratching the bottom of her tank). I've never kept turtles before her, so i don't know what to do. Help?
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:39 pm   Re: I Think my Turtle is Gravd?

How big is she?
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Post Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:14 pm   Re: I Think my Turtle is Gravid?

She is 7 or 8 inches long
1 red eared slider
1 mutt
1 crippled minnow
1 ranchu goldfish
3 sarassa comets
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3 zebra danios
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3 cory cats
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Post Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:20 pm   Re: I Think my Turtle is Gravid?

Does seem like she might be gravid. Have you looked into nesting spots for her?
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Post Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:26 pm   Re: I Think my Turtle is Gravid?

No, but I have a ton of plastic bins that I could fill with dirt/sand. She can't go outside because I live in Minnesota. It was warm and plants were growing but suddenly everything froze again.
1 red eared slider
1 mutt
1 crippled minnow
1 ranchu goldfish
3 sarassa comets
1 dojo loach
3 zebra danios
1 betta
3 cory cats
3 white clouds
4 harlequin rasboras
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Post Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:15 am   Re: I Think my Turtle is Gravid?

Can't hurt to try a tub, but you need a bit of luck for them to accept it. Keep an eye on when she wants to get out so you can anticipate it... Some people just stick them in there all day long and I obviously don't agree with that method.
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