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How to Feed an Aquatic Turtle

Learn how to feed an aquatic turtle in this Howcast video featuring veterinarian Alix Wilson.

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And so if you have an aquatic turtle as a pet and you're trying to decide the best decide to provide it , the first thing you need to do, is figure out what it eats in its natural environment. We try our best in captivity to mimic what they eat in their natural environment, although this can sometimes be difficult. A lot of aquatic turtles are omnivorous, meaning that they consume both animal and plant matter. In their natural environment, they may eat aquatic plants, small fish, tadpoles, frogs.

In captivity, we often can't provide them with that sort of range of diet, so there are some commercial foods, that are available that are common, type of pelleted food. There are also, different types of invertebrates that you can offer, in either a dried or frozen or even fresh, sort of, format. As hatchlings and as younger growing turtles, aquatic turtles often need to be fed, at least, once a day or several times a day. As they get older, they don't need to eat, as frequently.

And again, in some species, their dietary needs change over time, where they're favoring some of the higher protein foods, as youngsters and then, moving on to consuming a lot more plant material, as an adult. So, the take home, with trying to feed your aquatic turtle, is again, to know what it should be eating. Is it a carnivore? Meaning, it only eats animals. Is it an omnivore that eats both plant and animal materials? And do your best to provide a varied diet.

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