eating rocks

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jennylei
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I just read that your turtle is not supposed to eat rocks, but mine does quite regularly. I have just really little gravel rocks for a fish tank and I just noticed when I would take her on trips and she would poop them out, like 6 or 7 in a few days, is this really bad? And trust me, I really doubt she is under fed.
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This is off the turtle first aid page on this site.....

Rock ingestion:

This is not a good thing to happen, however, they can survive. You must take them to the vet. They will take x-rays to see if it should be surgically removed.

No one knows why turtles eat rocks, maybe they are just bored. To prevent your turtles from eating rocks, either use rocks big enough that will not fit in their mouth or don\'t use any rocks at all. Blockage can also occur with eating sand. The sand can build up and block its intestines.
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