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Old 04-04-2019, 05:27 PM
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Exclamation Mississippi Map trying to lay egg...

First post here, really hope someone can help as I'm not really too sure what to do. My Mississippi Map ( have always thought was a male until now but obviously not) has been very slow and sluggish, hasn't eaten for a couple of days.I noticed yesterday lunch time that there was a larger than normal opening near the tail and what looks like an egg is on it's way out. But it still hasn't come out. She shares a tank with two other turtles, a common musk and a razorback musk, can they interbreed? If not i assume the egg hasn't been fertilised. She get's up and basks quite a lot, still isn't eating and looks quite tired. How long does it normally take a turtle to lay an egg?
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Old 04-04-2019, 05:49 PM
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If either of the others (not necessarily compatible) is male then it is quite likely they will have mated with her, or attempted it with one another.

She needs to have a secure laying box that she can climb into and feel safe. A plastic sandwich box fixed securely lined with garden compost/soil and moss.

I would recommend setting her up on her own tank so that she can lay.
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Old 05-04-2019, 03:42 PM
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Thanks for your reply, good news! Overnight she hatched it and it seems either her or one of the other two have eaten it :P She seems back to her normal self which is good
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