Overfeeding?

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shai631
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Hi Allturtle Msgboard members,

I\'ve read a couple of posts concerning how to feed the turtles. I have 2 two year old turtles that are about 5\" long and 4/1/2\" wide, and I feed them a pinch of Reptomin pellets 2x a day. About two or three times a week, I\'ll substitute a meal of Reptomin with plankton.

On some of the posts that I\'ve read I\'ve seen people say that after age 1, the turtles should only be fed 1x a day.

My question is, based on my info above, does it sound like I\'m overfeeding my turtles?
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[i dont think so. but wat do u mean by a pinch? how much is that. imagine squishing up the turtle pellets and then fitting them into ya turts head. thats how many they should be fed every other day. and planakton as a treat.
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Most people I know would feed their turtles every other day after 1 year of age. Guide for portion size is an amount of pellets (not crushed) that would fit inside the head, not including the neck. Plant matter (aquatic plants and veggies, occasional fruit) can be freely available.
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yea i\'ve recently tried feeding some bannana along with the usual reptomin but they didnt like it much
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Sorry, but I hadn\'t checked the posts in a while. By a pinch, I mean about 8-9 pellets for each turtles. Definitely not a handfull, but less than what I\'ve read on the site. Also, what would be the preference among allturtles.com readers? Live fish or thawed out frozen fish?
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I have read you should not feed them thawed frozen fish only fresh. I dont remember where I read this. Also I thought I remembered reading only fresh water fish. I will see if I can find it again. I just bought some rosies for my turtle. He didnt know what to do with them so I had to catch and hold it for him. Now he is chasing them all over the tank. Hasn\'t caught any yet though. I do know they recommend not feeding gold fish. Here are some links:
http://reslider.free.fr/feeding.html
http://www.angelfire.com/blues/coolsliders/feeding.html
http://reslider.free.fr/raising.html
http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/aquaticdiet.htm
Do becareful if you buy fish from petstores. I once bought guppies for my baby garter snake and my brother\'s and both died shortly after. I went back to the store and they had a no sale sign on the guppy tank. It is recommended to feed them fish only occasionally. Hope this helps.
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Frozen fish is often high in thiaminase (sp?), which breaks down Vitamin B. This is also true of goldfish, which are more apt to contain parasites, are fatty and create a lot of waste. Frequent feeding can cause a Vit. B deficiency, which can result in neurological damage. There is the possibility of any feeder fish introducing fungi into the tank as well as having parasites.

A diet containing a wide variety of aquatic plants and veggies as well as occasional animal matter is best.
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are tomatoes sah=fe to feed them?
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Tomatpoes have a reverse calcium/phosphorus ratio and I don\'t think I would feed them to my turtle. Here is a page that gives nutritional information from the Chelonian Trust that I have used as a guide in the past. http://www.chelonia.org/Articles/nutrientanalysis.htm
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The link that was previously put up includes tomatos as a good source of vitamins.

http://www.angelfire.com/blues/coolsliders/feeding.html

Does anyone know a herpetologist? That\'s what we need on this site to differentiate b/n what\'s on one site as opposed to what\'s on another.
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Just about all foods have good and not-so-good things about them. If your turtle eats a healthy, balanced diet, feeding him a little of something that`s less than optimal once in a while won`t hurt him. (Admittedly, some things like iceberg lettuce, spinach, etc., are best stayed away from.) I gave my turtle two little slivers of tomato yesterday, and at some point in the future, when I`m eating a banana, he`ll get a tiny piece of that, which he loves. I just try to compensate with something that`s high in calcium or whatever the food lacks. The bulk of his diet, though, is pellets, aquatic plants, and leafy greens/veggies with occasional treats of chicken, mealworms, etc. The problem is when people start to feed the same food, especially if it`s not the best, too frequently. It`s the same with people. Eating ice cream occasionally as part of a balanced diet, for example, is OK; eat only ice cream every day, and there`ll be problems. Just my 2 cents...
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thanks for your info i think im just gonna go with the usual reptomin some romaine lettuce tomatoes and watever.thanx
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