Can infertile tortoises lay eggs?

by Ryan
(England)

Just now I was walking along, and crack. I step in something. I look down and theres a small white (smashed) egg in the middle of the floor. The yolk, the normal yellow, and there appears to be nothing else in the egg.

There are two possibilities that i can think of: Either my cat brought it in, or my Hermann's tortoise laid it.
My tortoise is currently five years old and female, and has never been introduced to a male as far I know. Looking at her bum, and i can see that its looks slightly slimy, like she has just done a very clean poo.
Do tortoises sometimes lay infertile eggs? Or has my cat just brought it in, and im being paranoid?

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Jul 25, 2017
Egg laying NEW
by: Anonymous

My tortoise is alone and has laid an egg today as she did last year

Jun 04, 2016
Madhoora is wrong.
by: Renard

Madhoora is wrong! There is ample evidence that tortoises do lay eggs without ever being with a male. My own female Hermanns lays about six eggs each year, despite having no contact with a male.

Apr 30, 2015
Infertile tortoises DO lay eggs
by: Anonymous

Our "hercules", Desert tortoise, just laid a few eggs. Never has "she" been around a male. She didn't dig a nest, just plopped them out on the lawn. most broke apart..

Jan 06, 2011
Tortoises Eggs
by: Shelly

A female tortoise can, indeed, lay eggs without ever being introduced to a male. In that case, the eggs are infertile.

An infertile tortoise, would be one that could not produce living offspring even if a male tortoise mated with it.

I'm so sorry that you stepped on that egg. That must have been an odd sensation.

When you have female tortoise, it's a good idea to have a place she can dig to lay her eggs. Even if they never hatch, she will be happier.

Keep it slow and steady.

Jan 06, 2011
Reply
by: Anonymous

madhoora: The egg was infertile, and I am now certain that my tortoise did indeed lay it. What I was really asking, is whether this was a normal behaivior, which i now understand is a yes.

Jan 05, 2011
infertile tortoises dont lay eggs
by: madhoora

hello friend
you are just being too worried.
firstly you say that your tortoise is infertile and secondly it has never been introduced to a male, then just tell me dear how will it lay eggs?
its just immpossible for your tortoise to lay eggs under the above two mentioned conditions. so just dont worry.

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