What else can I feed them?

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Sun Jan 02, 2005 11:54 pm

I have everything ready. I have everything needed: UVB, UVA light, Filter, Natural Rain Water, Heater ( water is 85). My turtles had swollen eyes before, but they seemed to be getting better. The only problem is that they won\'t eat. They will only eat earthworms and fried shrimp. I tried feeding them carrots and ReptoMin Floating Sticks, but they won\'t eat them. What else can I try feeding them? Thanks for your help.
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Mon Jan 03, 2005 2:39 am

well usually turtles don`t eat due to the change of diet...if u have fed them a certain kind of food very often they get use to it...then if u change they won`t eat it untill their really despred for food.....try pellets their kinda healthy....buy good ones....
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Mon Jan 03, 2005 3:02 am

umm... fried shrimp, dude? thats probulaly not very good for ur turtle... my softy had the same problem when i caught her, she wouldnt eat anything until i went to the pet store and bought sun dried baby shrimp. it comes in a little container like reptomin does. she ate that fine, then i moved on to reptomin and she started eating that.... i would also recommend going to the pet store and buying crickets... turtles love crickets and its good for them, too
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Mon Jan 03, 2005 3:16 am

i feed them dried shrimps..fried is not that good to be fed daily..try differeny types of food always..i can also mix pellets with the shrimps they are eating so they might eat it without noticing
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Mon Jan 03, 2005 9:20 pm

What are pellets? Are Crickets good for them? Can I feed them that everyday?
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Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:46 pm

pellets are those small little bead like foods u use to feed fish.
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Tue Jan 04, 2005 1:46 am

I have Reptomin food pellets. They are very long, and my turts won\'t eat them unless I break them up into smaller pieces. I also have a food thing that has dried baby shrimp, a different kind of pellet, and mini krill. They like all of those things. I got some fish the other day and they ate two of them. I think the fish are a little fast though! I fed them some chicken one time too. I\'ll get pics of the pellets. How old are your turdees?
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Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:01 am

My turtles try to be sneaky with the fish, but they usually get away:D, I give them reptomin, freeze dried bloodworms, cooked chicken(occasionally), and fish flakes(the flakes are actually for the fish but the turtles go after it, the fish usually get the scraps:D
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Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:05 am

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Sorry, my eyes were straining:D:D
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STRAYKINGFISHER wrote:
My turtles try to be sneaky with the fish, but they usually get away:D, I give them reptomin, freeze dried bloodworms, cooked chicken(occasionally), and fish flakes(the flakes are actually for the fish but the turtles go after it, the fish usually get the scraps:D
I put fish flakes in the tank too. The turtles seem to like them. Supposedly turts are supposed to eat tuna too. I haven\'t tried yet. I need to see if they eat veggies. Like lettuce.
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Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:18 am

Is the picture of the turtle in your siggy your turtle? It looks like a sea turtle in the picture. Is it?
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Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:22 am

Yeah, the pic between Taz and the blue poison arrow frog is the pic of my babies:D
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bandgeek2709 wrote:
Is the picture of the turtle in your siggy your turtle? It looks like a sea turtle in the picture. Is it?
Oh!! I see there are two of them. I thought the shell looked like the arm of the other one, making it look like a sea turtle. My mistake. Doh!! :)
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Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:09 am

i have those same pellets and dried shrimps..yes turtles do eat lettuce and canned tuna..lettuce should be included in their diet while tuna fish is only for treats..

pellets are small things that contain everything..i mean it by everything (like the 4 food groups together)..i read the ingredients once and was sick
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STRAYKINGFISHER wrote:
My turtles try to be sneaky with the fish, but they usually get away:D, I give them reptomin, freeze dried bloodworms, cooked chicken(occasionally), and fish flakes(the flakes are actually for the fish but the turtles go after it, the fish usually get the scraps:D

Is it o.k to give them that much meat?
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Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:34 pm

No because it contains too much fat, it is just as a variety, so they don\'t get bored with or get too used to one food item, it is not suggested to give raw meat to your turtles, reptomin should stay in their diet because of all the nutrients it has that other foods (such as chicken) don\'t have.
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Tue Jan 04, 2005 4:09 pm

So do you give them some veggies also. i thought that at some point they don\'t eat as much meat but more veggies.
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Tue Jan 04, 2005 4:32 pm

meat occassionaly as treats..veggies are good yes it should be included in their diet
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Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:36 pm

bandgeek2709 wrote:
I have Reptomin food pellets. They are very long, and my turts won\'t eat them unless I break them up into smaller pieces. I also have a food thing that has dried baby shrimp, a different kind of pellet, and mini krill. They like all of those things. I got some fish the other day and they ate two of them. I think the fish are a little fast though! I fed them some chicken one time too. I\'ll get pics of the pellets. How old are your turdees?
They are tiny, I have them for almost 7 months.
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Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:37 pm

I heard lettuce have no effect in turtles though, is it still ok to feed them lettuce?
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Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:51 pm

well i`ve been reading up on al ur replies....way cool on all the various foods u feed them...i still use pellets cuz i don`t really want to stink up my tank...mom will give me the lecture....and um GGluis lettuce is alright for turtles...
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Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:17 pm

Not Iceberg Lettuce!!!!!!

I feed my baby canteloupe a lot. It doesn\'t dirty up the tank like bananna or lettuce does. I just cut it up into bite size pieces and he loves it. I also give him reptomin pellets for his staple diet. He likes that too, but he will probably eat anything I throw over in there, he is just naturally greedy.
He also eats his bubbles.
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Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:18 pm

my babies ate bananas today:D it was so fun watching them how they bite it (from the big piece)
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Wed Jan 05, 2005 2:17 pm

Yeah, my baby loves banannas (but then again there isn\'t much that he won\'t eat)but I wont give them to him too often because the next day I will have the clean the tank guranteed.
So now what I do since banannas are sticky, I cut them into bite size pieces and let them stick to the side of the tank just above the water level. The funniest thing is watching him stick his head out of the water to grab a bite. But I don\'t have to worry about bannanna bits floating in the water making it dirty.
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Wed Jan 05, 2005 2:26 pm

hehe,,yeah i held the pieces until they ate from my fingers..they still messed the tank but it\'s ok for their first time eating bananas
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Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:37 pm

Be very careful about feeding bananas to turtles. Bananas are high in potassium and phosphorus, both of which can interfere with calcium absorption/metabolism. Captive turtles generally get too much of these minerals in the diet already. Bananas also are easily addictive, and a turtle can start refusing other foods/become a fussy eater. Sometimes bananas are used to get a turtle eating or with oral meds. In general, though, bananas should be given very occasionally if at all--about every 6 weeks.
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Wed Jan 05, 2005 6:10 pm

I fed my turtles bananas and blueberries last night. I don\'t think they like the bananas that much nor the blueberries. It was fun to watch though. :)
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Thu Jan 06, 2005 12:34 am

oh wise mariza\'s back..glad to see u:)
thanx for the info. about bananas,,strange how they can get addicted to it although they didn\'t like it at the beginning and still didn\'t eat that much,,bandgeek\'s turtles didn\'t like it that much either
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Thu Jan 06, 2005 3:35 am

This dude is still stuck to pellets...but my babies still like em....but hey one day i`ll try something different
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Thu Jan 06, 2005 3:53 am

pellets give the most important vitamins to the turtle..giving them other food is only for variety and extra proteins or whatever
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Thu Jan 06, 2005 9:45 pm

Iceberg Lettuce is not the good one to give, that what I heard. Iceberg Lettuce is the one that comes in a ball, then which one is the right one to give them?
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Thu Jan 06, 2005 10:12 pm

Romain lettuce is prefered. You can also feed them kale, red leaf lettuce, swiss chard, frozen mixed veggies (thaw first), shredded carrots and squash.

Just don\'t give them spinach. :)
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Thu Jan 06, 2005 10:49 pm

its been found that the best thing is actullu dandilion greens because of the anount of calcium, i dont think u can find any now thought
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Fri Jan 07, 2005 12:31 am

cstanton819 wrote:
He also eats his bubbles.
haha my guy eats bubbles, too. silly turtles.
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Fri Jan 07, 2005 2:30 am

yea...i\'m just gonna post my new tank pics up in another post, just reply to the new one
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Fri Jan 07, 2005 3:26 am

wb squirtle i just posted there..
LOL mint eats bubbles too..we make bubles for him and he starts eating them..he looks so cute and stupid:) green watches from the basking rocks and i hear her saying: DUH!!
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Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:38 am

I tried buying pellets at the store, but the guy didn\'t know what it was and he told me just to keep feeding them fried shrimp. I only saw pellets, but they were for fish and they only seemed to be floating sticks. I tried feeding carrots, corn and someother green stuff but they won\'t eat it. I don\'t know what else to feed them.
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