What do Turtles eat?

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What do Turtles eat?

Bored with dogs and cats we are rooting for turtles this season. They may not be as cute and furry as the little puppies and kittens, but they make excellent pets too. Just watching them crawl is mesmerizing enough to keep you engaged the whole day.

The best part is that they ask for low-maintenance. Little cleanliness and tasty food are all they care for.

But What Do Turtles Eat?

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Turtles have different food needs depending on their species. Giving your turtle a nutritional diet is significant to sustain its life. Since Turtles are omnivorous; they eat both, plants and animals. Since turtles are omnivorous, i.e., they eat both, plants and animals, explore the Here’s a list of food that you need to feed your turtle to keep it happy, active and most importantly alive.

While feeding your pet turtle, you need to make sure that you are well aware of its breed. Red-eared slider is the most popular amongst pet turtles. 

#1. Commercial Pelleted Food

Made especially for turtles, this food will float and won’t fall apart as easily as other pelleted food. At least 25% of a turtle’s diet should comprise of Pellets.

#2. Feeder Fish Or Insects

Feeders like comet goldfish are a great source of protein, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin A.

Pellets, Feeder fish, and crickets are easily available for purchase at pet stores, while the required fruits and vegetables can be bought from the local grocery stores.

What Do Turtles Eat In The Ocean?

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Sea turtles may be carnivorous, herbivorous, or omnivorous depending on their species. Green sea turtles have a finely toothed jaw which helps them in consuming a vegetarian diet consisting of sea grasses and algae. These are herbivorous sea turtles. Surprisingly enough, green sea turtles are carnivores from the hatching to their juvenile period. They turn into herbivores in an eventual process.

A hawksbill has a narrow head and jaws suitable for fetching food from cracks in coral ridges. They mostly feed on sponges, tunicates, shrimps, and squids.

Loggerheads' and ridleys' are all for crushing and grinding. They mostly feed on crabs, mollusks, shrimps, jellyfish, and some vegetation.

Sea turtles can be maintained on a carnivorous diet in a zoological environment

What Do Turtles Eat In Rain Forests?

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#1. Rainforest Turtles

These turtles are omnivores and eat plant material, snails, and carrion which can be found on the forest floor. Fruit is an essential part of their diet.

#2. Semi-Aquatic and Terrestrial Rainforest Turtles

Semi-aquatic and terrestrial rainforest turtles are also omnivores and feed on both meat and plants. Their diet consists of lots of fungi, fruits, and invertebrates.

#3. Aquatic Rainforest Turtles

These have a diet quite similar to aquatic turtles. Species like the Vietnamese pond turtle eat an omnivorous diet which includes crabs, crayfish, fish and sea vegetation whereas Fly River turtles consume fish, invertebrates and plant material.

What Do Turtles Eat In Ponds?

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Pond turtles have an omnivorous diet which includes tadpoles, snails, hyacinths, crayfish, insects, and water lilies. Younger pond turtles are mostly carnivores while the older ones feed more on plants and vegetation.

Will you have a pet turtle? Let us know in the comment section below.

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I would love to have a turtle as my pet. But do you know that there are different ways to feed a turtle with respect to the breed? A sea turtle is actually banned to keep as a pet since they are endangered species and is hence advisable to set them free in the ocean. However, you can feed them with respect to the kind of food pattern they are adapted to. They can be carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. Before making the decision to feed the turtle in a certain type of pattern, you must know their age and breed type. You would not want your turtle to eat and be a sleeping beauty. We need to conduct thorough research to get to the best diet for our little pet.

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