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Title: Caring For Baby Slider
Description: Caught a hatchling turtle, tips please

bwsharpe - May 8, 2006 03:40 AM (GMT)
I recently caught a hatchling slider (a yellow ear I think). I have had the turtle for about 10 days and have not gotten him to eat yet. I have offered him small feeder fish, crickets, tiny meal worms, and a variety of turtle foods, but he will not engage any of the prey items. He is being housed in a ten gallon tank (I am moving him to a thirty gallon next week) with a water area that is 5 inches deep and about 8 inches wide/long. The water area has floating vegetation and rocks for basking. The land area is about 6 inches long and 8 inches wide. I have provided a basking lamp and a full-spectrum flourescent light. The turtle is very active, but I am concerned about his eating, or non-eating I should say. If you could, give me some tips about caring for the hatchling turtle and getting his appetite started. Thanks so much!

Robyn - May 8, 2006 07:52 PM (GMT)
The only thing I've gotten hatchlings to start eating on was live blackworms. Many aquariums stores sell them. The few hatchlings I have had did not eat for weeks at first and then went after blackworms. The water may be a bit deep for the baby as well. My page on baby turtle care is at

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