I just read about females turtles laying eggs without a male around and now I am worried. About a month ago we found what looked like an egg in my turtle's tank. We were amazed and my sister said she had heard of such a thing. Just the other day the tank got all cloudy, and when I cleaned it, it looked like it could have been the white slime of an egg. I have not seen my turtle defecate in a couple of weeks, but I just thought maybe it was breaking up or she ate it before I could scoop it out. If she has unlaid eggs, would this affect her defecation? She is eating normally and I have not noticed any digging behaviors. She is currently being treated for shell rot, so she is out of the tank for several hours every day in a dry dock. She can be active in her dry crate, but not digging.
Female turtles can lay eggs without a male, but this should not affect her defecating. Usually when we see a gravid female they are scratching like crazy and wanting to get out on the tank. At that point then need to be place in a lay bind where they can lay their eggs.
This information goes over nesting sites and egglaying in Red eared sliders:
For a slider, you need 50/50 mix of sand and organic compost, about 12 inches deep for the nesting area.
The bigger the area you can give her, the better I like using the plastic kiddie pools. Make sure that you provide UVB light and a basking light no matter where you put her and a good calcium supplement. This site has very detailed instructions for making nesting sites, including photos:
At this one, you can read more about egg-laying and egg retention:
Please let me know if you need further help.
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