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What Do Turtles Eat? How to Feed Your Turtle a Healthy Diet

Most turtles kept as pets are ‘omnivorous’ which means they eat both meat and vegetables. Like many other reptiles which are omnivorous young turtles will eat more meat than vegetables as protein is very important for their growth and development. As they get older they will start to eat more plants and vegetation.

Typically in the wild a turtle will eat worms, snails, small insects, fish and plants that grow in the water. When purchasing your turtle make sure you know which species of turtle you have and research it’s particular dietary needs, as the diet of different species will vary.

Hi I’m Joe Mikacevich , the President of the Urban Jungle Society . I’ve raised and kept many turtles over the last 20 years , and I’ve found many variations to feed my collection . In the summer the turtles are happy to have a garden snail , or a large worm that can be found in the garden . I’ve found cat food to be a staple , being something that is easy to keep and a great source of protene  , my turtles , some second generation , have great shells with full color . In addition to Frisky Origional Fish Flavor crunchy , my turtles love chicken hearts . { see pics on turtles Urban Jungle SOCIETY headquarters ]

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Turtles are considered exotic pets and can be expensive to feed, most pet shops will stock only a limited choice of turtle foods if they stock any at all, however it is important to feed your turtles a good quality manufactured pellet food or turtle sticks as these foods have been developed with the turtles vitamin and mineral requirements in mind and will help to keep your turtle healthy. You can supplement the diet will some fresh foods such as small feeder fish which are great for the turtles health and hunting them will help give your turtles some exercise. If you don’t like the idea of feeding live fish you can buy some fresh fish instead. Other options are red or green lettuce, banana, strawberries, green beans, peas, dandelion greens, spinach and carrots. Remember some plants can be poisonous to turtles so make sure to research before you feed something which has not been recommended by a reliable source.

Feed your turtles every 2 to 3 days but always make sure some fresh greens are available, observe them as they feed to make sure they all get their fair share. You should feed your turtles until they stop eating, don’t leave scraps of meat for example in the tank too long as the heating in the enclosure will make it rancid quite quickly. Turtles are very messy eaters, some people feed their turtles in a separate tank to what they are normally housed in. You will need a good filtration system to keep the water from becoming dirty and possibly toxic to your turtles. Turtles need to be fed in the water as they can’t swallow when on land. It is difficult to replicate the natural diet of a turtle so you will need to feed some vitamin supplements.

Some foods not to feed your turtle – burgers are a a definite no as too fatty and also raw chicken due to the risk of salmonella, Another to avoid is iceberg lettuce.

Visit Turtle Food and Supplies | LittleBigPet for more information about turtles and how to care for them.

Mark Huyton is a keen reptile keeper, over the years he has accumulated many different reptiles and as such has a huge knowledge base gained by his personnel experience. To find out more about turtle food visit his website at turtle food Here you will find turtle food and supplements plus a huge range of reptile supplies.

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