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01 August, 2008



Turtle Feeding


  The turtles get a DAILY diet of Mazuri koi pellets. The difference between turtle chow and koi pellets is minimal so since I have fish and turtles I just feed them all the same pellet. I throw several handfuls of the pellets into the pond every morning and have the pleasure of watching them all come to the surface and eat.  Often times they swim right over to me when they see me at the pond edge. Turtles and fish, like people, just love to eat!  The box turtles and the wood turtles are fed differently than the pond turtles. Be sure to visit their respective pages for complete information on how I take care of them. There links are on the left.


$$$ $aving tip:  Buy the Mazuri koi pellets at your local feed store. 

  If they don't carry it in stock they can order it for you. The local pet stores and chain pet stores charge a ridiculous amount of money for Mazuri brand food. You will save a lot of money by supporting your local feed store instead of the mostly corporate run chain stores.


  This is a list of foods that I throw into the pond once a week:

  • Romaine, red leaf or green leaf lettuce, or endive (chicory)

  • Shredded carrots

  • Green beans

  • Bananas, strawberries or peaches

  • Tomatoes

  • Zucchini squash

  • Hibiscus flowers

  • Red wriggler worms - read more about them on the worm page from the link on the top left

  You must cut the food up in small enough pieces for the animals to be able to eat it. Believe it or not, the turtles and the goldfish all love to eat the greens, veggies, fruit and flowers. In nature they eat a wide variety of animal and vegetable matter so I try to ensure they have as natural diet as I can give them.  Once in a huge great while I will throw in some crickets.  Worms are overall easy to raise and cheaper than crickets.  My turtles will not eat live fish - at least I've never seen them eat live fish - but they do eat dead fish. If I have a fish that died in the back pond I will throw it in their pond where they literally pounce on it and start ripping it apart. Several turtles will eat on it at once.  This is entirely normal for them. I also saw them tear apart a toad one time, which wasn't pretty since it was still alive. They will also eat tadpoles which is why I never have small toads in the front yard! I once put a lot of tadpoles from the back pond into the front pond because there were literally hundreds of them. Within a matter of 30 minutes they were all gone! The turtles ate them all up. Again, this is natural for them.  If  you raise turtles inside, which I don't recommend, you need to make sure you are giving them enough animal and vegetable matter. 

  For turtles raised indoors, you will need to add both Rep Cal Calcium with Vitamin D powder and Herptivite with Beta Carotene Multivitamins powder to their diet. You can find both of these at any pet store, reptile shop or online.   

  I hope that my information on turtle feeding was helpful to you.


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