How to feed turtles

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to feed turtles

Turtles are great pets, but like any other animal require attention and care so they grow healthily. One of the most important aspects to consider is their diet, it should be varied and nutritious and not solely based on few options. On we explain how to feed turtles so they remain healthy always.

Steps to follow:

Turtles are omnivores, which means they feed on both fruits and vegetables and other animals, so to keep them healthy we offer a varied and highly nutritious diet and avoid diseases in their skin and shell and other complications.


Although many turtle owners think that lettuce is the favourite food of this animal, there are many vegetables that provide more vitamins and better nutritional intake. Therefore we recommend that you include terrestrial options such as grated carrot, chopped tomatoes, corn, beans, chopped zucchini, spinach, broccoli or cauliflower, always fresh and raw in the diet of your turtle.

How to feed turtles - Step 2

Fruits are a prized delicacy for turtles, so it is convenient to add them to their diet. Chopped red apples, bananas, apricots, watermelon or some not very acidic pineapple are excellent alternatives.

How to feed turtles - Step 3

Being omnivorous, turtles need a small contribution of animal protein, alternatives such as snails, larvae and small insects become delicious options for your pet, that you can give them from time to time.


It is important that in addition to these foods, your turtle never lacks clean water. It is recommended to change it every day and leave it in a protected container away from the sun and other household animals.


It is important that foods are always well washed, served in a bowl and sliced to a good size, and that the turtle avoids eating too much soil or spend too much time trying to consume food.

How to feed turtles - Step 6

Before administering these foods to your turtle it is wise to consult with an veterinarian or specialist because depending on the type of turtle there may be a specific food that is recommended for them. Also you can check the ration according to the age and breed of your turtle.

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