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#1 wizzasmum

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Posted 08 May 2021 - 02:28 PM

Occasionally there are problems with egg laying. If conditions are optimum then there are rarely any problems, but with very elderly torts and sometimes very young ones, things can go wrong. Last weekend I came home to find this. Luckily having had problems with old Herbie before I suspected her. Vet confirmed she still had three eggs and induced her which actually produced 4 more (one with no shell, not visible on X-ray). Never a dull moment.

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Posted 13 May 2021 - 06:46 PM

Hi Sue

 

Hope she is ok,

 

Sorry if this is a daft question...

 

Can female torts lay eggs even if they have ever been with a male tort at all.

 

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 04:33 PM

Hi Sue
 
Hope she is ok,
 
Sorry if this is a daft question...
 
Can female torts lay eggs even if they have ever been with a male tort at all.
 
Carol.


It’s less likely Carol but does happen. Once they have started to lay though, they are best having a male somewhere around at parts of the year as this encourages egg laying and prevents a condition called follicular statis. Statis happens when follicles form but the absence of another tortoise alters the hormonal cycle and stops egg production, leading to a build up of follicles, which can be deadly if not detected.




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