my turtle isn\'t eating

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pepechan
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I just bought my turtle one week ago, but I don\'t think he is eating anything. I just have turtle food that they recommended at the pet store, which I drop in the water. It doesn\'t seem like he ever eats. He just sits by the heater. I keep the water at about 80 degrees so he shouldn\'t be too cold, right? I\'m worried that I\'m not feeding him correctly.
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welcome to the board and congrats for ur turtle:)

don\'t worry new turtles usually don\'t eat for the first couple of weeks cz they feel shy..he sits by the filter bcz he feels insecure too..there\'s nothing much u can do now cz finally ur baby will starve and eat by itself when it feels better and get used to the new environment..all u can do is handle him and play with him as much as u can so he gets used to u..also keep something in the tank for him to eat..tuna fish usually gives the best results cz it\'s smelly..then give him some privacy cz he might move around if he feels nobody is in there..
good luck and keep us posted:)
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I hope that helps:D
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Thanks for your help! The behavior sounds exactly like my turtle. I\'m glad it\'s normal!
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great:) u are welcome anytime
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That\'s great, just make sure your turtle sees when you put food in the tank for him so that he/she associates you with the food and won\'t be scared of you any longer, still, give it time.
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