We’ve had our Female Red Ear Slider for about 10 years. She’s in a tank that holds 90 gallons currently. Originally, we had little pellet rocks at the bottom of the tank about 2 inches deep. She started pushing her backside into the rocks acting like she was going to lay an egg, but never did. About a year ago, we removed the pellet rocks thinking it will help. Ever since then she’s been laying eggs non stop. Within this past year she’s laid about 17-20 unfertilized eggs. Today she laid 9 eggs in a row. Is there a way to stop this from happening? Is there something we are doing wrong?

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Short answer: you could not stop it. You could be happy that your turtle not died because she was eggbound!

Long answer you will find in this pets.SE question: Red eared slider laying eggs into the water

  • My first thought was "put a cork in it", but your answer is much better :)
    – virolino
    Oct 4, 2022 at 10:03
  • ^^ With cork at the hind end the turtle will have a much worse balance in the water ... Oct 4, 2022 at 13:21
  • Not if the density of the cork is uniform and mostly equal to the density of the turtle :D
    – virolino
    Oct 4, 2022 at 13:24
  • cork is well known for floating. If you can bind a piece of cork to the tank's wall, it can suit as basking area and holds the turtle's weight :) Oct 4, 2022 at 13:25
  • I used the "object" meaning of the word, not the "wooden material". I think some people call it a stopper. Please see the "(Redirected from Cork (plug))" part en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stopper_(plug)
    – virolino
    Oct 4, 2022 at 13:27

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