time… is fun time for both you & the turtles,
and they eat as much as they throw around!
top it all they HAVE
to be fed in water!
Bottomline: your turtles are extremely messy (and
Suggested Feeding Process
To avoid the mess they create I recommend
that you feed your animals in a separate plastic tub. Feeding the turtles in a separate tub,
half filled with water does not create any undue stress
(unless they are NOT held properly). Seperate feeding
will prevent roken up food particles from remaining
in the tank and fouling up the water. Generally turtles
also excrete within 30-40 minutes of feeding. So it
is ideal if you feed your turtle in the separate tub,
and let it stay there for 30-40 minutes, till it excretes.
However, when using separate feeding container, make
sure that the temperature of the water is not below
that of the tank. We suggest that it may be kept 1-2°C
(2-4°F) higher than the tank water.
people, every turtle is unique, and will have its
own food quirks. In
their natural habitats turtles are omnivorous and
eat a variety of foods thereby giving them a well-balanced
diet. In captivity though they don't have access to
natures varied menu! And are dependant on you to meet
their requirements totally!
A common mistake (originating due to a higher familiarity
with fish food habits) a lot of people commit is -
feeding the turtle some commercial turtle food or
the same kind of leafy scraps daily. This diet is
severely limiting, and does not provide the turtle
with the required amount of proteins, vitamins and
other nutrients. As in humans this can lead to malnutrition
and associated diseases.
The diet of a mature turtle should
consist of the following:
1. Vegetarian foods: 50-70%
2. Non-vegetarian foods: 25-35%
3. Commercial reptile foods: 15-25%
You might feel that we should have discussed
this after covering the food details, but obesity
is one of the most common problems facing pet turtles.
Remember, overfed turtles can become obese as easily
as people, and face similar problems too!
Quite obviously, obesity is caused by too much (and
too fatty) food, and too little exercise. In a few
weeks, your turtle should have learnt to trust you
and recognize food. Once this happens, we recommend
making your turtles run around a little for their
food! Dangle it right in front of their mouths using
forceps/or ur fingers (but be careful!), and make
them run after it before giving it to them.
Frequency n Quantities
Generally speaking, smaller turtles need
to eat more frequently than larger reptiles. Hatchlings
can be fed daily till about 8-10 months, but adult
turtles are best fed every alternate day.
of thumb is to feed the turtle as much food as would
fit in its head and neck. Another
way is to feed them as much as they will eat in a
few minutes. REMEMBER:
Do not overfeed your turtles.
Types of food
Omnivorous by nature, turtles eat both
vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. Though younger
turtles are distinctly more carnivorous, they tend
to become more herbivorous as they grow older. Turtles
need to be fed a mix of flesh, vegetables, fruits,
commercial turtle feed, calcium, vitamins and live
food! While that seems a lot, it is actually quite
simple, once you understand their dietary requirements
and create a schedule.
It is important to vary the diet of the turtle to assure
its overall health. Do not feed it just one sort of
food! You can feed them a variety of life food like
crickets, earthworms, aquatic snail, mosquito fish,
fruits and vegetables, one commercial food, and Vitamin
often to feed:
turtle(s) will always be begging for food, the Red-Eared
Sliders have a voracious appetite.
So how much is a good meal? Well, until your turtle(s)
stops eating. Some keepers feed them twice a week,
I feed them 3 times a week or more. If your turtle(s)
is fat, when the skin overlaps on its legs when he/she
tucks them in. Then you might want to examine what
you are feeding your turtles, if it has too much of
a fat content, you might start feeding your turtles
less often or change what you are feeding.
Your turtle will always be begging for food. Red- Eared
sliders have a voracious appetite. Most turtle
keepers feed their turtles one good size meal every
two days. How much is a good size meal?
until your turtle stops eating. Other keepers
feed them twice a week. I personally prefer
to feed them one small meal every day. If your
turtle is fat (skin overlaps on its legs when she
tucks them in), you might want to examine what you
are feeding it (if it has too much of a fat content)
or you might start feeding it less often.