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« on: July 27, 2008 09:10:27 AM »

I was thinking of having a witty title, like "amphibian eye for the reptile kind" but I went with a better description.  Cheesy

My fiancee's turtle (he's had her for 17 years) laid an egg earlier this week, prompting a name change from Donetello to Donna Tello. She's a Malayan Box Turtles - Cuora amboinensis, and would have been living in a rice paddy but instead she lives in our living room. 

Her old habitat was adequate, but he decided for his birthday (their anniversary) to upgrade her living conditions a bit. There aren't any good before shots, so I drew you a picture.

The action shot: We added a bag of pond rocks from Lowes (a hardware store for folks not in the USA) and they were quite silty, even after rinsing. The filter is slowly taking it out though. One one half of the tank we placed a coated-wire shoe rack, with slate rocks on it so she can have a dry place to hang out.  We also put one of those kitchen organization bins up there, after cutting a door for her so she can hide if she'd like to. The red rock is so she stops trying to go between the rack and the glass. 

Happy turtle

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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2008 10:01:15 AM »

she looks happy!

but i have a question though. i know NOTHING about turtles, but is it normal for a turtle to lay and egg with no male present? and where is the egg now?

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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2008 11:38:08 AM »

Wow, she does look happy.  I know nothing about turtles either, but 1boy1girl1kitty2, we had a bird that would lay eggs even though she had never seen a male.  We had to take the eggs from her cage b/c she would sit on them and and go a little nuts b/c they weren't hatching.  The vet told us just to take them out b/c they would rot and stink if she broke one.  The same with turtles???  Now there is research to be done!

« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2008 03:07:56 PM »

She laid the egg in her water dish, its been cleaned up (it broke).  I guess she just decided it was time.  This was her first egg. 

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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2008 08:44:41 AM »

she looks happy!

but i have a question though. i know NOTHING about turtles, but is it normal for a turtle to lay and egg with no male present?

Smiley Even human females ovulate regularly without a mate; it's just a function of sexual maturity. Fertilization, of course, requires a male but ovulation takes place regardless.

I had two female cockatiels for several years; one laid a couple of eggs every year and engaged in nesting-type behavior, and the other one only laid one egg in her lifetime; just a difference in their female hormone levels, I suppose.

I think the turtle habitat is much improved. I'm sure Donna is very happy with it.  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2008 01:35:04 PM »

That is one swingin' turtle pad!
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2008 08:53:43 AM »

very nice, I never thought of a kitchen bin to help with air/water flow for turtle tank set up.  I have a yellow bellied cootier that is 5 years old (Jelly Bean) and I am constantly trying to improve her cage. 

does she have a heat lamp for basking?  I am not sure about the Malayan Box Turtles needs.  I have one for Jelly Bean, she loves it and does this flying thing with her four legs all stretched out. 

hehe good luck with the not pushing the rack out of the way.  I think that is a turtles favorite pass time is to rearrange the tank to their specifications! 

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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2008 03:48:36 AM »

I LOVE THIS!!!! I have two small (half dollar sized) baby turtles, one red eared slider, and one yellow cooter, and I can't wait until they get bigger so I can design a way cooler enclosure for them!  Right now they are just in a 20gal tank half full of water with a floating rock and another bridge-sort of thing they can sun on.  Once they are bigger I can buy a bigger tank for them with more room to design!  Grin

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