Egg binding actually occurs quite
frequently in turtles and it can have fatal effects.
Egg binding occurs when the female has eggs that
she is ready to lay in her body but does not actually
One of the primary causes of egg binding is that
the female turtle is actually unable to lay her
eggs. This can occur if for some reason she has
developed oversized eggs. In this case the eggs
can be too large to pass through her pelvic bone.
Occasionally a female turtle will have sustained
an injury to her pelvic bone. In these cases even
an egg of normal size may be too large to pass
through the opening.
If the conditions inside the turtles enclosure
are not correct for laying eggs the turtle may
decide not to lay them at all. These conditions
can include not only temperature and humidity
but can also be affected by the substrate. If
the substrate in use is not suitable for creating
a nest it is likely that the female will hold
onto the eggs until they find a suitable area.
If the turtles has recently sustained an injury
or is currently experiencing the effects of an
infection or disease they may be under a hightened
level of stress. During these times it is also
likely that the female will not lay her eggs.
Regardless of the reason, egg binding is a very
dangerous condition that is most often fatal if
not taken care of immediately. If you suspect
that the reason for the female keeping her eggs
is conditions inside the habitat it is suggested
that you take actions to cure the situation as
soon as possible. If there are health issues affecting
the turtle you should take your turtle to the
veterinarian as soon as possible.