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Posted: May 7 2006, 10:40 PM
Group: New Members
Member No.: 557
Joined: 7-May 06
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!
Posted: May 8 2006, 02:52 PM
Member No.: 1
Joined: 1-September 03
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 http://www.fishpondinfo.com/turtles/hatchling.htm
Robyn, Analytical Chemist, Zone 6/7, Maryland
Servant to 5 cats, 2 rabbits, 4 guinea pigs, 2 mice, 1 redbellied turtle, 3 freshwater aquariums (65, 50, & 20 gallons), 2 saltwater aquariums (6 and 12 gallon nano cube reefs), 7 outdoor ponds (1800, 153, 50, 30, 20, 20, & 12 gallons), 1 indoor pond (20 or 50 gallons, winter only), crickets, mealworms, and hundreds of fish (of about 18+ species), amphibians, snails, shrimp, corals, crabs, worms, and so on in those aquariums and ponds. A mostly full list of my current animals is at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/animals/animallist.htm