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#1 Shurco

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 01:05 PM

Hi , my 21 year old female hasn't layed any eggs this year which I'm sure is down to the cool summer that we've had. But what worries me is it any danger to her health if she doesn't lay this year or is it advisable to have her induced by a vet or can anyone recomend a method that works but not unkind to the tort.
I've had her for 2 years now with successful hatchlings and her previous owners reported no problems at all.
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Posted 20 August 2017 - 01:18 PM

Providing you have a male, then best to leave well alone. Inducing eggs is rarely necessary as many torts carry eggs through to the next season. It's only a problem if she is climbing the walls in nesting fashion, in which case, keep her within a good nesting site with added heat for encouragement. I had a female induced by a 'knowledgeable!' Vet some years ago and it took several years for her to recover. It was only after years of her repeatedly dropping infertile eggs and being generally lethargic that it was explained to me how her system had been well and truly messed up. Some vets do it as routine ( same as antibiotics etc) but I wouldn't do it again. Hope this helps.

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 02:16 PM

Ok thanks I'll just let nature take its course

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 04:17 PM

Do you have a male? Harassment can stop them laying, also if you are using a friends male, could be she's not been stimulated to produce eggs.

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 04:20 PM

I've got a male of the same age and separated them when she started climbing the walls.
As I said in the beginning I've had successful hatches last year but she layed much earlier

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 06:40 PM

Have they been together this year? I wouldn't worry as there are odd years when they don't lay.

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:07 AM

They're together all the time until she started climbing then I separated them

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 07:36 AM

So she's showing a need to nest? I'd just try to increase heat where she usually nests, this is what will trigger her.




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