Red Eared Slider Eggs – Everything You Need To Know

Red eared slider is a turtle subspecies known for its semi-aquatic nature. Turtle owners opt for red-eared sliders among all turtle species due to their adaptive behavior. If you own a red-eared slider turtle, you might be curious about red eared slider eggs, right? Many people speculate hen or duck eggs when they think about red ear turtle eggs.

I have pet red-eared sliders. They lay eggs, but these eggs are different than the ones we ate for breakfast. You should have complete knowledge about slider turtle eggs (how to care for them, a safe place to locate them, and the space needed for them) if you are aspiring for turtle breeding. Carry on reading to get the correct information.

How Do Red Eared Sliders Lay Eggs?

A red-slider lays eggs by digging a hole in the soil at moderate temperature. Red-eared turtles protect their eggs from predators before they hatch, as we know that reptile and bird eggs are the natural diet of falcons, snakes, frogs, and other animals. 

Slider turtles create nests by digging holes in the sand using their feet from 200 meters near water. Usually, the dig is better 10 to 12 centimeters deep where eggs are laid. I will give this trick of laying eggs the term “red eared slider nesting.”

Female Turtles lay eggs into the hole and fill it with the soil so they are safe from attacks of predators. Interestingly, they bury the egg before laying another to make sure nobody sees them doing so. Their tail helps them level the soil after all the eggs are buried.

How To Breed Red Eared Sliders? Creating a nest for female red-eared sliders in captivity is pretty easy. You have to create a red eared slider nest if you are going to do this indoors in an artificial habitat. 

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How To Build A Red Eared Slider Nest?

I will show you the perfect way to create a nesting box for your female slider turtle. To build a proper red eared slider nesting box, you need:

  • Premium Topsoil 
  • A Container 
  • Spray Bottle

You should try to get the container with a 20 to 25 gallons capacity easily available at local stores. Put the 30 to 40 pounds high-quality topsoil bag into the container and level it out. The soil must be only 10 to 12 centimeters deep for optimal digging for your turtle.

Why I am suggesting topsoil rather than cheap stuff is because it will not clump up when wet and cost only $2 per bag. After that, spray the topsoil with water and lightly spray the entire area. Do not dump the water as you are trying to moisten the topsoil. 

Once you are done, you can put the female red-eared slider in the nesting box. Cover the 3/4th area of the container with a towel. If your turtle does not feel safe and secure she will surely not lay her eggs in it. 

I recommend you place the nesting box in that area of your house where there is no disturbance at all. Check back after an hour or later if you feel the soil or turtle is dry, then repeat and repeat it 2 to 3 times. Do not leave your red ear slider for above 2 hours in the container.

Take it out of the container when your female red-eared slider lays eggs in the nesting box. You should know that these turtles do not take care of their eggs and left them for hatching on thier own. So, ensure that you have the proper setup for incubating eggs. 

How Many Eggs Do Red Eared vSlider Turtles Lay?

Slider turtles lay 20 to 30 oval-shaped and soft-shelled eggs during a single breeding season. Nobody can give you the exact “how many eggs does a red eared slider lay” as it can vary from turtle to turtle depending on several factors. Using the above-given method, my three female red-eared sliders lay more than 30 eggs in the nesting box.

How Often Do Red Eared Sliders Lay Eggs?

Red Eared Slider Eggs are laid in different clutches with a gap of two to five weeks normally. A female red eared turtle can lay between 20 to 30 eggs in a single breeding season. From this, you can understand why turtles are so widespread worldwide. 

How Many Eggs Does A Red Slider Turtle Lay?

As I have said before, your female slider turtle can lay around 20 to 30 eggs while the breeding season. You can expect it to lay 100 to 150 eggs in a year which can be insignificant compared to other turtle species as they can lay as many as 1000 eggs per year. 

How Long Do Red Eared Slider Eggs Take To Hatch?

Red Eared Sliders lay eggs in May till early July. After the eggs are laid, you can expect them to hatch after 2 to 4 months of incubation for baby turtles’ growth inside the egg shells. If there is an ongoing winter season, then hatching can be delayed, and only male red-eared slider turtles will be born as a result. 

how long do red eared slider eggs take to hatch

Where Do Red Eared Sliders Lay Eggs?

Red Eared turtles lay their eggs in a range of 200 meters near the water belt in the wilds. They pick these locations because these areas are moist and moderately temperate, making them ideal for laying eggs. 

Can Red Eared Sliders Lay Eggs In Water?

Female Red Ear Turtles do not prefer to lay eggs in water but can do so when they have no chance. Generally, they do not lay eggs inside the water, preferring to retain their eggs rather than drop them inside. Some slider turtles can hold their eggs when they do not have a nest or are eggs bound which is a severe issue. 

Unfertilized Red Eared Slider Eggs

As I said above, female red-eared turtles can lay eggs with or without a male partner during the breeding season. They need a male red-eared slider to mate, so the eggs get fertilized. Without intercourse between male and female red-eared turtles’ eggs will not get fertilized. 

What To Do With Infertile Turtle Eggs?

Throw the turtle eggs away if they are unfertilized. You can know that the eggs are infertile if there is no male turtle in the habitat with female turtles. As infertile turtle eggs will not hatch, they are not worthy of you if you are not going to use these eggs for other purposes. 

How To Tell If Your Turtle Is Carrying Eggs?

You can simply test whether your female red ear has eggs or not by physical examination. Pick your turtle and feel its cavities up above the legs and inside deep as possible with your fingers. Test on the back behind the legs and up near the shells as they are good places to check.

If you perform this examination regularly, you will notice something squishy inside your turtle, indicating that your turtle has eggs. When feeling the eggs, try not to push them too hard as it can break them inside the turtle’s body. A turtle’s body can be easily detected as having eggs if you have felt it when it is not carrying them.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Do Red Eared Slider Eggs Look Like?

Red Ear Slider eggs are white, soft, and oval-shaped measured 1-1.5 inches in length and 0.75 inches in width. 

Can Turtles Lay Eggs Without Mating?

Yes, female red-eared sliders can lay their eggs even without a partner.

Can Male Turtles Lay Eggs?

No, male turtles do not lay eggs, but they mate with female turtles so that they can lay eggs. 

How Are Red Eared Slider Eggs Fertilized?

Red Ear Slider Turtle Eggs are fertilized when they are laid and buried under the sand.

What To Do With Red Eared Slider Eggs?

After the red-eared slider turtle has laid her eggs, you should place them in a moist, adtquately warm, and safe area for 2 to 4 months of incubation period before they get hatched.

Final Words 

You might be wondering how to raise red eared slider turtle eggs, and you are probably asking yourself if they are safe for your pet. Red-eared slider turtle eggs are different from chicken eggs. When red-eared sliders lay their eggs, there will be between 3-7 per clutch (depending on how many eggs are laid at once).

The red ear turtles will lay their eggs on land if they feel safe enough to do so. Laying their eggs requires enough space to move around without getting caught in the grass or leaves around them. So, I suggest you cover up the 3/4th of the nesting box with a towel or any other item.

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