My box turtle an egg She had it in her smaller container and wasn't able to put it in dirt, I placed it in some top

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Customer: My box turtle laid an eggShe had it in her smaller container and wasn't able to put it in dirt, I placed it in some top soil , what else do I need to do , and is it normal that she only had 1Thank you
Answered by PitRottMommy in 20 hours 2 years ago
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Hi, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and I'm happy to help. Please stand by while I have a chance to type.

Typically Box turtles produce under 10 eggs per clutch. 1-2 eggs is not abnormal. With such a low count, be sure that she has an area to dig and lay her eggs as it's likely she may have more to produce. That said, was your girl bred? Is she wild-caught? If so, how long have you had her? Do we know for sure that this is a viable egg?

We have had her for 2 years and she was housed with a male both of whom were rescued from the highway. We didn't intend on breeding her its just kinda of happened.

I appreciate the additional info. If you want the best chance of her egg (or eggs) hatching, I would suggest using an incubator and these instructions: You can skip the first section which talks about wild box turtles and trying to save nests. The lower half offers the info you'll need. Alternately, you can leave the egg in her habitat but be sure that it's free from disturbances such as her climbing back into the box. If the environment is stable enough for her to happily exist (temps, humidity, etc are right) the egg should hatch in about 90 days. Aim for a stable temp around 80F if you go this route. It is recommended to use vermiculite and some sphagnum moss to incubate the egg as this is similar to what they'd receive in the wild.

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I removed the egg from her enclosure and put it in its own container safe put i used top soil with no additives , I put a smaller of dirt on top of it , should the egg be uncovered he didn't say if so in the provided link

I went back to check and the info is here:

"Set up a disposable storage container big enough to hold the eggs (you can see some examples below). Fill it half way with moist vermiculite (available at garden centers). To moisten the vermiculite , soak it then squeeze out any excess water. Drill many holes in the lid. The most critical issue is maintaining high humidity. If the eggs dry out they will start to collapse. Bury it half way in the vermiculite and cover with a damp piece of paper towel or some strands of damp sphagnum moss. Put the lid on loosely."

Be sure that the temp of the container stays around 80F. Any lower and the egg may not be viable. In case it's not clear, only the bottom half of the egg should be in substrate, the other 50% should be covered lightly with moss. This helps to ensure the humidity remains high enough to sustain growth.

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