What to Feed Your Turtle

February 24, 2018
What to Feed Your Turtle

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.

How to Care for Your Turtle

February 20, 2018
How to Care for Your Turtle

You might think that a turtle is the perfect low maintenance pet, they hang out in a tank, eat little scraps of food, sounds perfect…right?  Not quite, turtles are a little more complicated than that.  They are a unique animal and they do require some looking after, but if you’re an informed pet owner then a turtle might be right up your alley.  Here is how to care for your turtle.

Don’t feed them too much

Turtles don’t have a lot of self-control, if you give them too much food they are going to eat it.  They will eat themselves right into obesity and this can make your turtle very sick.  If a turtle is in the wild your turtle won’t be able to eat all the food they want, they only really eat once per day.  You only need to give them a hunk of food about the size of their head and that will do them for the day.

Keep the tank clean

Turtles don’t clean house so you’re going to have to do it for them.  They tend to get a bit messy when they eat and they don’t really care where the bathroom is.  If you leave the tank too long the leftover food and poop is going to stink!  It’s also not the greatest environment for your turtle to have to live in either.  You can get a good filter system and remove any food or poop particles with a scoop daily to reduce the amount of times you have to clean the tank.

Turtles don’t cuddle

Turtles don’t make the best pets for kids, kids are naturally curious and want to check out the shell.  Turtles hate that!  Most places won’t sell you a turtle  that is smaller than 4 inches long because they may be accidently eaten by children.  When you do handle your turtle, always wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.  All turtles have salmonella and you can contaminate things that you touch afterwards.  Salmonella can make you very sick.

Turtles are unlike other pets, they do require care and attention.  They are never going to play with you like a cat or dog and you won’t spend hours watching them swim around like fish.  Turtles are also not really suitable for children either.  Turtles are still very cool but know what you’re getting into before you get one.