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My eastern female box turtle a huge egg. Now some of

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My eastern female box turtle laid a huge egg. Now some of her female insides are
outside and have not retracted. What to do ?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Anna replied 1 year ago.
I apologize that no one has responded to your question sooner. Different experts come online at various times. I just came online and saw your question. My name is ***** ***** I’m a biologist with a special interest in reptiles. I'm sorry to hear of this problem.
It sounds like Hillary is suffering from a prolapse. That is, an internal organ is coming out of her vent. I can give you a first aid measure to take, but you will need a vet to remedy the problem. A prolapse is generally considered to be an emergency situation because the organs can be damaged or become infected.
Ordinary table sugar is often used to reduce swelling when there's a prolapse. Put a layer of sugar in a container with a smooth surface (so the prolapsed organs can’t get caught or damaged). Wet the sugar to make a paste. Also put some of the sugar paste directly on the prolapse. Confine Hillary in the container until you can take her to the vet. You can read more about the use of sugar by scrolling down about halfway on this page:
It would be very unusual for a turtle to only lay one egg. There's a good chance Hillary has others inside her that she can't pass because of the prolapse. This situation truly is a medical emergency. These sites have directories of vets who treat turtles:
If you have more questions, just let me know by clicking on REPLY. I hope Hillary will reach a full recovery.
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