Yellow Bellied Slider Turtle
How often do yellow bellied sliders lay eggs?
Asked in Reptiles
What kind of reptile lays small round bright yellow eggs?
Asked in Red Eared Slider Turtle
How often do Red Eared Sliders lay unfertilized eggs?
Asked in Animal Life, Turtles and Tortoises
How can you tell if a yellow bellied turtle is going to lay eggs?
Asked in Care of Reptiles, Turtles and Tortoises
How old do yellow bellied turtles when thay start laying eggs?
I assume you are referring to yellow-bellied sliders (Trachemys scripta scripta). Most sliders reach maturity at age 4 to 8, and maturity times and sizes vary a lot. In general, a female should be at least 8 inches long. It's unwise to house male and female turtles together unless you are breeding them. A male will harass the female to mate, and she may get fed up with him at some point, and let him have it--then you have vet visits to treat the wounds, which can be serious. Additionally, if he 'convinces' her to mate and she is really too small/immature, she could suffer physically from producing a clutch before her body is entirely ready. Effects may including hypocalcemia or egg binding (which requires surgery to correct in some cases...if it's caught. If not, it is deadly).