What Does My Pet Turtle Eat?


If you have a pet turtle, you know how fun and adorable they are. There are two main types of pet turtles, box turtles and aquatic turtles. Each type of turtle has a very specific diet, which should be strictly adhered to. Below you will find a basic guide, though you should talk to your veterinarian for specifics regarding your turtle's breed. Here are a few tips to stick to when feeding your turtle and choosing turtle food for it.

Aquatic Turtles

The main diet for aquatic turtles is store-bought turtle pellets. There are many varieties and flavors, and you may want to ask your vet, or just experiment to find out which one your pet likes the most. These pellets include vitamins, minerals, and some types of fish to keep your turtle thriving. You will want to feed your turtle a small amount each day while they are a juvenile, and a couple of times a week once they are an adult. The amount you feed them depends on their size. As far as pellets go, you should give them as much as would fit inside their head if it was hollow. In addition to pellets, a leafy green the size of their shell should be given to them each day. Most aquatic turtles love dandelion greens as well as green and red lettuce. In addition, a couple of times a month you can put a few feeder fish (such as guppies or swordtails) in their cage and allow them to hunt them down, providing sport and nutrients.

Box Turtles

Box turtles have a more varied diet. Half of their diet should be mixed fresh vegetables (and some fruit) while the other half is protein. They enjoy mealworms, earthworms, snails, crickets, or even wet dog food that is full of protein. Box turtles are attracted to bright colors, so the more diverse their diet, the more likely they are to enjoy it. Box turtles are one of the easier pets to care for, since they just need fresh water, vegetables, and some protein each day, along with a heat source to keep them comfortable. Their cage should include a rock or plate to eat from, to separate their food from their bedding. 

In conclusion, what you feed your turtle will greatly depend on what type they are. If you have any questions you can talk to your vet or local pet store for more information. Enjoy your pet turtle.


15 December 2020

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