Land Turtle Feeding

Tortoise Eating
Land Turtle Feeding

Tortoise

Food, your turtle’s favorite thing besides basking in the sunlight and soaking in their water dish. Box turtles like to be fed in the early morning. Box turtles are omnivorous and like a mixed diet. You should try to feed your turtle animal matter such as snails, slugs, worms, night crawlers, crickets, Purina trout chow, or a low fat cat food at least twice a week.

Do not feed hamburger, it is too fatty, and raw chicken has salmonella.

One of their favorite foods are snails. Do not use snails that have been around snail bait or near pesticides. If you’re not sure if the snails were around snail bait, quarantine them and feed the snail only romaine lettuce or weeds from the yard for one week. If you use weeds from the yard, make sure no pesticides were used.

Your turtles like fruits such as tomatoes, apples, cantaloupe, melon, strawberries and blackberries. Feed them the greens as well. Dandelion greens are very high in calcium and vitamin A. Also try leafy weeds, grape leaves, and mixed veggies. Sprinkle their food with a calcium source such as calcium carbonate or calcium lactate once a week. You can feed them dried food, however dried food usually contain vitamins, so don’t feed them extra vitamins if you do this.