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 Little Turtle Wont Eat His Vegetables
Posted: Jul 2 2011, 02:09 PM


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My 2 year old painted turtle and he wont eat ant type of vegetation or store bought turtle food. all he will eat is freeze dried river shrimp, various bugs, small fish and small bits of meat. I dont think this is a healthy diet, How do I get him to stop being so selective of food?
Posted: Jul 2 2011, 07:08 PM


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Welcome to the forum!

Turtles can be picky eaters. Mine for a while only ate crickets. The key is to provide variety, not too much of one thing. You can also alternate days when you feed live animals versus fruits and vegetables. Turtles don't have to eat daily so, if the turtle only eats the live animals every other day, he won't starve. What he will do is hopefully be hungry enough on alternate days to eat the other foods that are important for him to eat for a rounded diet.

Commercial foods are good to feed to ensure the turtle gets all the vitamins and minerals that he/she needs but they're not as healthy as eating real animals and plants in other ways (added chemicals, preservaties, corn, glutens, and unnatural ingredients). Try some other brands to see if the turtle likes a different kind of pellet.

Good luck!

Robyn, Analytical Chemist, Zone 6/7, Maryland
Servant to 4 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

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