I rescued a female 9 year old RES from a highschool 2 years ago. I just started working in the school and found her living in a science room in a small tank with no working filter or any lights!
Anyhow, fast forward 2 years. She has since lived with me in a 70 gallon (265 liters) tank, but loves to spend time wandering around the house. This summer in July she beelined for the back door (first time she's ever even seen the backdoor), found her spot outside and started digging with her hind legs. About 5 hours later she laid 3 eggs. Three weeks later she once was again desperate to go out, dug her deep hole and laid 7 more eggs!
10 days after the last egg laying, she wants to go out again and for 4 days in a row was finding different places in the yard to dig in, each time digging for approximately 5-7 hours per day.
I was surprised that, after all the work, she didn't lay a single egg in the 4 days. When I hold her and touch the sides of her little rump, I can definitely feel something very hard and round on both sides. She hasn't wanted out of her tank since and it's been about 1 week since her 4 day digging episode. She has a good appetite and is basking a lot, but I'm worried she may still have eggs in her.
The nearest reptile vet is 1 hour away from where we live. What are your thoughts and concerns if any?