How to Feed an Aquatic Turtle | Pet Turtles


And so if you have an aquatic turtle as a
pet and you’re trying to decide the best decide to provide it , the first
thing you need to do, is figure out what it eats in its natural environment. We try our best in captivity
to mimic what they eat in their natural environment, although this can
sometimes be difficult. A lot of aquatic turtles are omnivorous, meaning
that they consume both animal and plant matter. In their natural
environment, they may eat aquatic plants, small fish, tadpoles, frogs. In captivity, we often can’t provide them
with that sort of range of diet, so there are some commercial foods, that are
available that are common, type of pelleted food. There are also, different types of invertebrates
that you can offer, in either a dried or frozen or even fresh, sort of,
format. As hatchlings and as younger growing turtles,
aquatic turtles often need to be fed, at least, once a day or several
times a day. As they get
older, they don’t need to eat, as frequently. And again, in some species, their dietary
needs change over time, where they’re favoring some of the higher protein
foods, as youngsters and then, moving on to consuming a lot more plant material,
as an adult. So, the take
home, with trying to feed your aquatic turtle, is again, to know what it
should be eating. Is it a carnivore? Meaning, it only eats animals. Is it
an omnivore that eats both plant and animal materials? And do your best to
provide a varied diet.

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