How to feed a domestic land and water turtle?. This question is of interest to both new-made pet owners and those who are just about to have a pet. Indeed, the care and feeding of turtles are important issues on which the condition and health of the animal depends.
Experts divide turtles into 3 groups depending on the type of their nutrition:
- Predatory. Consume 80-90% of animal food and 10-20% of plant food. Most species of aquatic turtles belong to predators;
- Omnivores. Consume 50% of animal and 50% of plant foods. Omnivores include swamp turtles and semi-aquatic;
- Herbivores. Consume up to 90% of plant foods and about 10% of animals. These include most species of land turtles.
When feeding turtles with food unsuitable for their type, troubles often occur with the animal’s health – digestion and metabolism problems.
How to feed a land tortoise?
Land turtles are overwhelmingly herbivores. The most popular domestic land tortoise is the Central Asian. She easily adapts to home conditions and does not require special attention.
The basis for feeding land turtles is greens. Animals love lettuce leaves, dandelion stalks, lemon balm and plantain. Small amounts of fruit should be present in the diet of a land tortoise
How to feed sea and red-eared turtles?
Of all aquatic turtles, at home, the most common is the red-eared turtle. Much less often are swamp and sea turtles. All these species belong to the predatory group.
Low-fat fish are best suited for feeding red-eared turtles. The fish should be cut into small pieces and large bones should be removed from it. Small bones are good for turtles. Aquatic red-eared turtles should be given beef or chicken liver for one feeding per week. An important role in the nutrition of the red-eared tortoise is played by meat. Animals should be given boiled chicken and beef, as well as crab meat, frogs and mice. Periodically, turtles need to be fed small snails, bugs, worms.
The older the red-eared turtle becomes, the greater the amount of plant food should be included in its diet. With age, these animals become omnivores and need significantly more greens.
How to feed a turtle in winter?
Turtles do not tolerate cold, short daylight hours and the absence of natural sunlight. In such periods, their nutrition should be as diverse as possible. Experts recommend in winter several times a week to give turtles special multivitamins.