What do turtles eat? – Ultimate guide for feeding your Turtle

We already have different articles talking about turtles and what do turtles eat but at this article we would extend the information about what turtles eat


What do turtles eat – Land turtles \ Tortoise ?

the main problem or mistake that people make when it comes to feeding land turtles or any other type of reptile is giving the food that usually comes in the cans that are bought in stores.

These dried prawns are ideal for the health of our turtle, but a prolonged feeding with these boats would cause deficiencies in the vitamins,  proteins and other nutrients in our turtles alimentation.

As we discussed on our page of land turtles (tortoise), these reptiles are omnivores, meaning that they can eat as much vegetables or plants.

Surely many of you have been able to observe in pet stores how lettuce was given to baby turtles, this is a good food for our pet, but we must not forget that we have to complement it with other products such as:  carrot, small pieces of corn and tomato, spinach or cauliflower.

Trying avoid citrus fruits and those that contain too much vitamin D.

Meat must be given to our turtle. Since it has an important contribution of protein. we must emphasize that this can be done in two ways:

we can give small pieces of raw minced meat that they will bite and break with their nails. Or on the contrary we can also provide them with small insects like larvae, worms, snails and any other of this family.

Finally, as a general contribution to all types of turtles, whether terrestrial, marine, river or water, we recommend that you always have clean water and that the food you give them should be cleaned before being offered.


What do river turtles eat?

Without a doubt the most common turtles around the world. You will recognize them by the characteristic orange spots that you have on the side of your head.

Regarding The food, we must bear in mind that there are many similarities with the land turtles, which we have already mentioned previously.

We have previously pointed out that there are many supplements and food packaged in boats that can be purchased at pet stores.

However, there is a big difference between land turtles (tortoise) and turtles.

The difference is that the land turtles are protected and all those that we acquire will come from farms or hatcheries. while sea turtles may have been captured.

The difference between a captive water turtle and a sea turtle that has been captured in the wild is that the latter may not eat the food offered to them from the boats since they are used to eat the food they have captured by themselves naturally.

For this reason you must follow the following indications that we will give below:

• Feed it with all kinds of vegetables, as we have mentioned in the section on land turtles, and always taking into account not giving them too many citrus-rich foods.

• you must also give a great contribution of fish since it is the main food they are accustomed to eat. It is not necessary that you spend the money to buy fish from the stores for your turtle, it will simply be enough to give them a piece of raw fish that you buy for yourself.

Bearing in mind that it is not a very salty fish, since this could affect your pet health


What sea turtles eat?

There is not a big difference at this time about water turtles and sea turtles.

They can be fed practically with the same foods that we mentioned for the previous section.

However, we will add that sea turtles in their natural habitat are also used to eating from time to time: jellyfish and sea sponges. as well as different types of algae that can only be found in the marine world.


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