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RE: Soft eggs

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Posted by: zovick at Tue Aug 19 07:07:54 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by zovick ]  
   

Yes, I had assumed this was an adult female since she was laying eggs; however a couple of questions do come to mind. First, has this female laid normal eggs for you in the past or were these soft eggs her first clutch? If not, how many soft clutches has she laid vs. how many normal clutches? Is she digging normal nests or laying the eggs on top of the ground?

In addition to possible dietary calcium deficiency there are other possibilities for the problem, such as a urinary tract infection affecting the calcification of the eggs or some problem affecting her absorption of the calcium in her diet if it is already sufficient as one would expect if the other females are producing normal clutches for you.

I have seen a couple of my female Radiated Tortoises lay eggs with virtually no shells at all from time to time, then a few months later, they have laid perfectly normally shelled eggs which have hatched. This has occurred in females that have laid a lot of eggs prior to producing the ones with extremely thin shells. I generally attributed it to their bodies just needing a rest and taking a break from shell production because everything else was fine with them and all other animals were unaffected at the times when this occurred.


   

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