Yowza! I'm cleaning my female snapper stock tank right now, and I knew there was some funny-looking stuff on the bottom, but I never thought it would be eggs! I scooped out what looks like pieces of shell. Mostly brown, very thin and convex, with a little white sometimes on one side.

Am I right, are (were) these eggs?
There are two females in the tank. One is 28 pounds, I'd guess the other is 10. I've never had eggs in the past, and I've had the big ones for about 3 years and the little one for about 7-8, since she was a hatchling. Neither has had contact with a male while in my care. The littler one did refuse food a couple weeks ago, which I thought was really odd. She appears to be fine now. I took both of them out and they appear to be in great shape.
Could it be that the littler one has reached maturity? Should I expect this to happen again?
Darn, I missed my omelet..
Jennifer
P.S. I can take a pic if it would help.
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There are two females in the tank. One is 28 pounds, I'd guess the other is 10.

Hmm, maybe it was the big one who laid them. I just weighed them for the heck of it, and the little girl is 10.6 and the big one 25.6 lbs. So, the big girl has lost a few pounds (providing my bathroom scale is correct). Maybe the little girl refused food because she'd been stuffing herself silly on eggs..
Jennifer
Yowza! I'm cleaning my female snapper stock tank right now, and I knew there was some funny-looking stuff on the ... brown, very thin and convex, with a little white sometimes on one side. Am I right, are (were) these eggs?

I would assume so, although the snapper eggs with which I am familiar are always white. On the other hand, the snapper eggs with which I am familiar are fertile and properly laid in nice nests dug annually in my backyard. The shell are pretty thin, and the eggs were larger than I expected - not as big as ping pong balls, but not that far off that.

nj"wondering where Donna is this year..."m
"You are one tough mean uneducating permanently braindamaged hopeless *** NJill!" - Corine flirts outrageously.
Hmm, maybe it was the big one who laid them. I just weighed them for the heck of it, and ... (providing my bathroom scale is correct). Maybe the little girl refused food because she'd been stuffing herself silly on eggs..

This seems like the most likely scenario.
Now you just need to find a male snapper and have thousands and thousands of snapper babies and.. oh, wait, yeah, that would suck. Never mind.
-Z
This seems like the most likely scenario. Now you just need to find a male snapper and have thousands and thousands of snapper babies and.. oh, wait, yeah, that would suck. Never mind. -Z

Bwahahaha!!!
I wish they didn't get so damn big, weren't potentially dangerous, and aren't hazardous to the local wildlife! I've got a big, handsome guy in my bathtub who I'd love* to keep with Houdini. They'd make a stunning pair. But that would definitely mean eggs, and even if I didn't incubate them I'd have to provide some way for her to lay them. I have *no clue how to do that, other than an outdoor pond with a reinforced fence around it.
BTW, did anyone see the pics I put up of the male snapper? I never got any replies.
Jennifer
"jenn" that would definitely mean eggs,>>
What a wonderful opportunity you are missing. If you have a yard all that you have to do is give the turtles access to it during the egg-laying months. I am not sure when that it, but I had a Musk turtle pair in an acquarium set-up, and when it was digging around in the bottom of the acquarium it did not take a genius to figure out that she wanted to lay eggs.
I put her in a sandbox that I had filled with soil. She laid two eggs and that was it. I left the soil where it got some sun and did not get too hot and after a couple of weeks? one egg hatched. The other one never did and it eventually got rotten.
The little Musk turtle lasted about a week. I could not figure out what to feed it, as I went to the Pet Store and bought every thing for turtles and every thing for baby fish and the little guy never ate anything and he had a little yolk sack on his belly and when that was finished he died. It was very sad. He was about the size of a nickel when he (or she) was born. I had to cry a little bit when I found him (or her) dead.
"jenn" that would definitely mean eggs,>> What a wonderful opportunity you are missing.

Wonderful? It's an opportunity for her to end up with a large number of critters that aren't particularly suitable for keeping by the vast majority of herpers (let alone the general population) and that aren't suitable for release, even if she lived in an area where they were native.
On the other hand Jenn, I forgot to congratulate you on your find; I would assume it indicates that the girls are in optimal health and living conditions.
I have only one turtle nest that I know of this year, and it's the big painted turtle girl, not one of my two regular snappers. Hopefully they have just been extra sly this season.

nj"subtlety in an snapper - heh!"m
"You are one tough mean uneducating permanently braindamaged hopeless *** NJill!" - Corine flirts outrageously.
Wonderful? It's an opportunity for her to end up with a large number of critters that aren't particularly suitable for ... the general population) and that aren't suitable for release, even if she lived in an area where they were native.

Yeah, they are invasive up here in Washington. I wouldn't want to sell hatchlings because I know they'll just end up being released, too. My two biggest snappers, 22 and 26 pounds (29 when found, but she was obese), were found loose. I don't want my pets to be banned and taken away because giant turtles are popping up in the streams and ponds!
On the other hand Jenn, I forgot to congratulate you on your find; I would assume it indicates that the girls are in optimal health and living conditions.

I hope so.
I have only one turtle nest that I know of this year, and it's the big painted turtle girl, not one of my two regular snappers. Hopefully they have just been extra sly this season.

Wow, I would love to have turtles nesting on my land! I envy you the experience. I hope the snappers have laid, too.
Jennifer
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Hmm, maybe it was the big one who laid them. ... refused food because she'd been stuffing herself silly on eggs..

This seems like the most likely scenario.

I bet it was Houdini, she's such a monster... and little girl is an EATING MACHINE so it would make sense she just had a full belly.
Now you just need to find a male snapper and have thousands and thousands of snapper babies and.. oh, wait, yeah, that would suck. Never mind.

She's got a couple of males over there, the crazy nut-woman... 5 snappers in one house! Arrrgh!
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