Chipotle is our only lady box turtle and we were surprised this week by not one, but two eggs. She used to live inside our house in a large aquarium tank. She had proper nutrition and lighting but never laid an egg.
This spring we made her an outdoor home using a large enclosed chicken coop. Box turtles are notorious climbers and we needed something secure on all sides. She loves her new space, complete with soaking tray and a dirt area to dig with a hide.
Being outside must have jump-started her biology. Female turtles can lay eggs without a male turtle around for fertilization. Chipotle always had her own space, so none of her eggs are fertilized. Our focus is on rescuing animals, not breeding. We make sure to keep our boys separate from the girls.
Our research about box turtles indicates females lay four to five eggs but can lay up to eleven. We will be keeping a close eye on her to make sure she stays healthy. The eggs are removed from her enclosure to prevent them from attracting ants. Visit us on Instagram @azfamilyzoo to see Tiffany T-rex in action. Thanks for reading and have a happy animal filled day! 🙂 Mrs. Zoo
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