Turtle eats *only* parsley

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tharpold
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About a week ago, we added a small (2 1/2 inch diameter) yellow-bellied slider to our small (400 gal) outdoor pond (There are a couple of six-inch koi in the pond as well, and some irises and lillies.)

The turtle seems quite healthy: she (for lack of certainty about her sex, we say, \"she\") swims vigorously, suns herself on the rock shelf we\'ve made for her, and responds actively to our presence. But her eating habits are a little worrisome: she refuses to eat *any* turtle sticks (Reptomin, etc. -- we\'ve tried several brands) -- she has never eaten them; she nibbles unenthusiastically at yellow and green squash and kale; she eats a bit of scrambled egg; she won\'t eat any fruit; she\'s eaten a few water bugs on our watch; she\'s half-eaten a few of the iris leaves... but she goes *crazy* over fresh parsley. We have a kitchen garden next to the pond, and if we pluck a sprig of parsley and put it in the pool, she\'ll *scurry madly* to it, and will even play a game of tug of war with us if we hold the parsley in the water. But we can\'t get her to eat much of anything else, and we\'re worried about this -- obviously imbalanced -- diet. We\'ve tried to skip a day without feeding her, in the hope that we can starve her into trying something else, but she is plainly unenthusiastic about everything *but* parsley.

We\'re new turtle owners and have grown attached to this critter. Can someone here suggest something we might do to diversify her diet.

My hope is that you won\'t suggest raw beef liver, etc. We\'re vegetarians, and though we don\'t force our dietary practices on our pets, we would be very adverse to keeping raw animal meat in the house. Feeding her insects would be something we could handle (and seems a bit closer to her \"natural\" diet) -- we did try earthworms, but she didn\'t take.
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Maybe you can chop up the parsley and crush some turtle pellets or mash some fruit all together so she can\'t eat only the parsley.
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\"Boogie\" writes, \"Maybe you can chop up the parsley and crush some turtle pellets or mash some fruit all together so she can\'t eat only the parsley. \"

We\'ve tried this, but, as she pretty much refuses to eat except when in the water, the resulting paste just falls apart, and then she picks out the parsley bit. A real mess.

Is it OK to simply *not* feed her for a day or two, ignoring her -- quite insistent -- begging, in the hope that this will make her more likely to eat something other than parsley, simply because she\'s hungry enough?
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try giving her the sticks again or turtle treat<<krill>>..eventually she will have to eat something just keep an eye on her she should be fine.also i am not sure if the plants in your pond are safe for her to eat you might want to check that out.. for awhile my babies would only eat dry baby shrimp now they are pigs and will eat anything and everything!! GOOD LUCK!!
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