What do red-eared turtles eat?
Planting a turtle as a pet,it is necessary to learn as much as possible about how to keep it in the conditions of an apartment and what it at first glance eats unpretentious amphibia. How turtle breeds reproduce in the article How Turtles Reproduce.
The turtle unit includes many species andsubspecies: they are both terrestrial and aquatic. Depending on this, it is necessary to regulate the nutrition of the pet. What do red-eared turtles eat, which also apply to aquatic species?
Diet of water turtles in captivity
It is necessary to try to feed them with food, half of themwhich will be plant (berries, lettuce, carrots, bananas, apples), and half - animal (raw meat, shellfish and seafood, fish). Water red-turtle need to be fed more often, more abundantly than terrestrial. We also carefully observe the preferences of the pet. More on what to feed the red-turtle in the article What to feed the red-bellied turtle. Here are some practical tips.
- Young people can be fed shrimp. The fact is that young turtles in the first three years of life need calcium, which is abundant in the shell of shrimp. Therefore, young red-bellied turtles adore seafood.
- Once a week we give these predators liver and heart(preferably - beef). You can give a couple of small, boiled in advance, low-fat fish. You can - meat raw minced meat. He also uses it with great pleasure. But too often to feed red-bellied turtles with meat dishes is not recommended: the animal can develop rickets.
- More adult turtles translate into a mixeddiet. More plant foods! Turtles are happy to eat dandelion leaves, bananas, cabbage, salad. If they do not have enough plant food, they can eat all the algae in the aquarium, keep in mind!
- And red-bellied turtles need to be fed on time, as they can be used in food and fish, which are in the same aquarium. But overfeeding amphibians is also strongly discouraged.
- You can use as a permanent food and granulated, sold at a pet store.
- Not eaten by turtles is recommended to immediately remove food from the aquarium, as it can start to rot.
Red-eared turtles in natural conditions (inmostly North America) prefer animal food and feed on what is found in this water body: aquatic invertebrates, small fishes, larvae. Growing young turtles, if they are hungry, sometimes are bloodthirsty: they eat their smaller relatives and even small birds. Read more about what turtles eat: What turtles eat.