Red Eared Slider Turtle Eggs
Red eared slider turtle eggs can be laid by a female slider if the eggs have been fertilized by a male during mating or not. You will notice your female slider become restless and she will search for a place to lay her eggs when she is ready. If the eggs have been fertilized, you will need to provide a nesting box or tank with about 3-5 inches of soil or a 50/50 mixture of soil and sand for her to dig a nest and lay her eggs.
Once the Red eared slider turtle eggs have been laid, you can choose to leave them where they are or remove them to place in an incubation box. If they are left alone, there is less risk of damage to the eggs from handling them. But if they are moved to an incubation box, they will be easier to keep an eye on. The incubation box can be a plastic container lined with soil that should be kept moist. A few small holes should be punched in the bottom to prevent too much moisture from pooling in the container.
If you decide to move the eggs and incubate them, it must be done very carefully. Try to scoop out the eggs with the surrounding soil so you don’t directly touch the eggs, and make sure they are kept in the same position they were laid in.
Check the eggs every few days, and begin keeping a close eye on the eggs as they are about to hatch. In a natural habitat, red eared slider turtle eggs hatch at about 80-90 days. Eggs that are artificially incubated hatch at about 50-60 days.
Temperature definitely makes a difference for Red eared slider turtle eggs. Eggs take longer to hatch in cooler temperatures, and the temperature also affects the gender of the hatchlings. Cooler temperatures produce more males, and warmer temperatures produce more females.
Red eared slider hatchlings will break through their shells and may remain in their shells for a day or so until they feel comfortable. Don’t try to force them out; they will come out when they’re ready. There will be a yolk sac on their bellies, allow this to fall off naturally.
Your new baby red eared sliders can be kept in at least a 20 gallon tank, with dry land area and water for them to swim in. Baby red eared sliders are omnivorous but need protein and tend to be more carnivorous when they are young. They can have a diet of commercial pellets and insects like worms and crickets. Don’t forget to offer them green veggies too like collards, mustard, and kale, even if they don’t warm up to them right away.
Remember to keep your baby red eared slider habitat ideal by keeping clean warm water and UVB lighting with a basking area. The proper habitat will reduce the risk of health problems and provide the best environment for your new baby turtles.
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