Turtles are a pretty exotic pet, they are not nearly as common as fish or even lizards, but before you go out and get a turtle you should know how to take care of one and what they eat. Turtles are just like any other pet and they do require a balanced diet, so let’s have a look at what to feed your turtle.
What do turtles eat?
In the wild turtles will eat just about anything they can catch and since turtles aren’t known for their speed they will eat things like worms, slugs and other insects. Bigger turtles can occasionally grab frogs or even mice, they aren’t fussy as a rule and they will eat just about anything. Turtles are more at home in the water than they are on land and they will do most of their eating there.
There is another reason turtles prefer to eat in the water, turtles don’t produce saliva so they have to rely on the water to help them break down and digest food. Turtles will also eat small fish, like minnows or goldfish. If you have a pet turtle, these make great snacks and are full of protein.
Turtles are also omnivorous and they need vegetation to balance their diets. For adult turtles plants will make up roughly 60% of their diet, smaller turtles need more protein to grow and develop their shells. You can feed your turtle a variety of vegetables including, green beans, carrots or even sweet potatoes. Turtles also like sweet snacks like fruit, they like berries, apples and peaches. Keep the fruit as a treat though to keep your turtle healthy.
What do turtles drink
Well, you won’t have to set out a bowl of water for your pet turtle they simple drink the water that they live in. When the turtles are in the wild there is bacteria in the water that will break down animal waste but when you have a turtle as a pet you are going to have to clean the tank regularly. Turtles eat and drink in the water, they also poop in it…often.
When waste breaks down in creates ammonia and ammonia can irritate the turtle’s skin, make them sick and even kill them. So you’re going to have to change the water a couple of times a week.
Turtles are pretty flexible when it comes to their diets, in the wild they will eat whatever is around them. You do need to give your turtle a balanced diet and be careful not to overfeed them. Turtles have no off switch, they will eat everything in front of them given the chance. You can always check with the pet store and see what they recommend.