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lisaross
07-11-2006, 11:25 AM
OK we bought our son 2 small turtles in China Town! Yes i know i will have to move them to a tank - they are in a small bug tank now. My question is, i have turtle food - but they don't seem to like it -- what else can i feed them? how often? how often should i change the water?

anything else i need to know?

Thanx Lisa owner of Miniature Poodle, Hermit Crab and now 2 small turtles!

Mommy to 2 boys - Daniel and Ethan

tmt martins
07-11-2006, 11:34 AM
If you bought them in China town They are suppose to be the food not something feed to them.


Just kidding Trutles are like lizards and kids they all eat different things .Try to find the species then you can google it and find out what choices you have .

Some eat live stuff and some are fruits and vegs eaters but you really can't tell until you find out what kind they are.

Good luck we just added a Gecko to long list of pets.

mrsbornkuntry
07-11-2006, 11:45 AM
I'm afraid I can't help you with that, but I did just read an article that said turtles carry a type of salmonella so make sure you and your kids wash your hands thoroughly after handling them.

lisaross
07-11-2006, 11:50 AM
but how do i know which type i have???????????


Yes, i know the kids MUST wash there hands after touching

lisa

buzzlady
07-11-2006, 12:08 PM
I have a friend that has a turtle. I know she feeds it turtle food and also gives it a live goldfish once in a while. Her IM is idle right now or I'd ask her. If no one else can answer, I will ask her later.

kaw1218
07-11-2006, 12:12 PM
I had a turtle that used to love veggies and raw hamburger meat. We also used to feed him small goldfish. But you really need to find out the kind of turtle that you have. what do they look like?

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g129/kaw1218/img_res-leaf.jpg
This is what mine looked like....these are pretty common... notice the red stripes on its head.... If it looks like this then here is a link
http://exoticpets.about.com/od/aquaticturtles/f/feedingturtles.htm
(I did notice that they tell you not to feed them raw meat anymore.)

ntburns22
07-11-2006, 12:37 PM
I have a box turtle and he is atleast 19 years old. He eats canned catfood, tender vittles (cat food) and canned fruit as a treat. He only eats like every other day if that.

noahynav
07-11-2006, 02:18 PM
When I had turtles I used to feed them live earthworms. They went nuts for them. Just loved the worms!! My turtles never ate the floating food sticks either.

love3monsters
07-11-2006, 02:31 PM
I have an 11 year old russian tortoise named Grinch during the school year as a classroom pet and Smirnoff during the summer. He is vegetarian and eats romaine, red leaf and various other dark leaf lettuce. A favorite is also dandelion leaves. Depends on the species.

mantaz
07-11-2006, 04:52 PM
I had a turtle years ago and I fed him canned catfood and strawberries. Those were his favorites. I would by him moss, soak it in water and put that in his aquarium too. He was a small turtle who got too fat for his shell so just don't spoil them :)

Angela

ClarabelleCowFan
07-11-2006, 05:05 PM
We feed our turtle Seabiscuit plain old turtle food but supplement it with a dead housefly when we find them.

And coming from someone who has HAD salmonella (not from turtles from food) then PLEASE be extra careful about hand washing after touching the turtles or anything the turtles come in contact with.

disneynutt1225
07-11-2006, 06:10 PM
Did you figure out what kind of a turtle you have yet? Whether it's an aquatic turtle or a land turtle? These things are important to determine what kind of food they will need to eat. Also, note that the average life span of a turtle is 50 years - these pets are not to be taken lightly!

I have two Red Eared Sliders, which are aquatic turtles. Their needs include:

1) an aquatic tank that is at least 20 gallon capacity (10 gallons of water, 10 "gallons" of air). They say you should have 1 gallon of water for every inch of turtle, but they're not that big yet. We've only had them for 6 months. So for now, that size is ok.

2) a thermometer in the tank. You want to make sure the temperature in the tank is mid 70's at all times. They love that temperature.

3) a sun lamp. An important part of regulating their temperature occurs when they come out of the water and bask on a floating log. The lamp needs to be on for around 12 hours of the day, regulating their "day and night".

4) water. Duh! LOL

5) a good water filter. They poop a lot! We haven't had to change the water in a while, and as long as it stays clean and clear, you're ok.

6) plants (real or fake). They love to hide in the foliage in the water!

7) we used to have Apple Snails in there, but they died. And they promptly became turtle food.

Also note, anything that is smaller than them will likely become turtle food. If you go on vacation, you can get them feeder fish and they will chow down all week. You will also more than likely come home to a disgusting tank, though, so it's not the best option.

They like to eat in the water as well. If you have aquatic turtles and they're not eating, you can try to move them to a smaller area to feed, just make sure it's a water area. I.E. when the turtles were babies, we'd feed them in a little plastic container. Put around 1/2 inch of water in there and drop the food in. Let it soften a little and add turtles. They'll chow down when they're hungry.

******Most of the above info only applies if you have aquatic turtles. Please check what kind of turtles you have before applying any of the above to your situation.

Most pet stores do sell aquatic habitat starter kits. That's where we purchased ours (Petsmart). And we added to it as needed.

salmoneous
07-11-2006, 06:21 PM
We have a malaysian box turtle. One thing to keep in mind is that turtles don't eat very much. One meal a week is plenty for ours (others may eat more or less). So it is possible that their "not liking" it is just being full.

You really should find out what kind they are. Have you brought them in to your local pet store - those folks should be able to help.

disneynutt1225
07-11-2006, 06:50 PM
We have a malaysian box turtle. One thing to keep in mind is that turtles don't eat very much. One meal a week is plenty for ours (others may eat more or less). So it is possible that their "not liking" it is just being full.



Mine eat every day. :confused3 Maybe they're just pigs, but they sure do act hungry when they're gobbling up their pellets every morning. Maybe it depends on if they're aquatic or land turtles?

beachbunny
07-11-2006, 07:59 PM
I have a friend who has about more than a half-dozen turtles (her initial three had babies). She feeds them fresh fruit, lettuce, and live crickets (you can buy them at pet stores). She changes their water daily. We live in a warm climate so she's built three large turtle habitats (they're full of shade plants and quite lovely) in her back yard (one for the male, one for the females, and one for the kiddies).

teacherforhi
07-11-2006, 08:32 PM
Mine eat every day. :confused3 Maybe they're just pigs, but they sure do act hungry when they're gobbling up their pellets every morning. Maybe it depends on if they're aquatic or land turtles?

They WILL eat every day if you feed them every day. Mine would act like they were starving every time I walked in the room. Then the vet informed me that at least one was severely obese. He had little rolls of fat coming from under his shell.

That led to the great turtle diet. It took a while, but when I stopped feeding them every day, they stopped clamoring for it.

love3monsters
07-11-2006, 10:01 PM
Hmmmmmm. Smirnoff eats daily during the summer and Mon-Fri during the school year as he is a class pet. I will have to watch is weight. He is a cool pet!

GotFids
07-12-2006, 02:28 AM
I have 5 desert tortoise. My two females both laid their first clutch of eggs this past month. One set I'm incubating and the other set I've left outside in the hole mommy dug for them. Want to see which set has a better hatch rate. My problem is...what if they all hatch?? I do NOT need that many turts!

disneynutt1225
07-12-2006, 07:30 AM
They WILL eat every day if you feed them every day. Mine would act like they were starving every time I walked in the room. Then the vet informed me that at least one was severely obese. He had little rolls of fat coming from under his shell.



I'll be sure to keep a better eye on the weight gain. They've grown in inches on their shells, but they're not pudgy.

lisaross
07-12-2006, 12:23 PM
aquatic type turtle

thanx for all the suggestions

lisa

D&D's Mom
07-12-2006, 07:43 PM
My husband & son found a baby turtle in the back yard & brought it in so the other wildlife (racoons, owls, etc.) wouldn't eat it. It's about the size of a half dollar coin. I don't know what kind it is, but it is probably just a box turtle. We put it in an aquarium with half the base covered in small rocks, the other half sand & add water to the rocky side. There are also other larger rocks my son collected from the creek. The turtle LOVES cucumber, but has also eaten some lettuce, squash, worms from the yard, and some box turtle pellets from the pet store. I haven't actually seen it eating, but the cucumber has little turtle bites out of it & just the rind is left. He tends to dig & bury under sand & rocks most of the time. Good luck with yours.

GotFids
07-13-2006, 12:49 AM
D&D's Mom: I don't know what area you are in....but from the description you may have a young desert tort...if so...he'll need a lot of sun and grass, good greens, etc.. here is a pic of my young tort...he's a few years old now, but you'll get an idea of the general look...

http://thumb14.webshots.com/t/51/51/3/73/8/412737308SeQLDL_th.jpg

If you need any info...please just let me know... :thumbsup2

Julie

D&D's Mom
07-13-2006, 07:49 AM
GotFids: Thanks for your suggestion on turtle ID, but since we are in Virginia, I don't think it's any type of desert tort. I used a field guide from the science department at school & eliminated many species based on geography, a few more based on appearance/markings and was left with a few to choose from. Of those, Eastern Box turtle seems to most closely fit, but the photo wasn't exactly like this one looks. I am thinking it's appearance could change as it grows though. He was found underneath a concrete splash guard at the base of a rain gutter & likes to bury. On a side note - how does one tell whether it should be named Franklin or Freida, if ya know what I'm asking......

salmoneous
07-13-2006, 09:56 AM
On a side note - how does one tell whether it should be named Franklin or Freida, if ya know what I'm asking...... In many common turtle species, they best things to look at are the tails and plastron (the shell covering their underside). Males have longer tails and more concave plastrons. Females have shorter stubbier tails and flatter plastrons.

Of course, this is really only useful if you have two turtles and can compare them to each other. With one turtle, it'll help you guess but it's really hard to know for sure.

mickeyluv'r
07-13-2006, 11:11 AM
Is there any chance of contacting the place where you got the turtles (receipt?) Maybe they could give you more information, inluding what they were feeding it. Though I've learned the hard way not to trust pet venders all that much. Many times I've been outright lied to.

However, your local pet store might also have some ideas, or least be able to idendtify what type of turtle it is. The internet is a great place to get info on pets.

Chelley00
04-08-2011, 08:21 AM
Our turtle loved red lettuce, kale, spinach, dandelion greens and canteloupe. We would try the turtle food and meats (snails, fish, crickets etc) and he'd NEVER touch them.

hsmamato2
04-08-2011, 10:13 AM
ds has red eared sliders from chinatown- we got them a year ago- researched a bit on what they eat- found out when they're babies they need LOTS of protein,less turtle food- as they get older,they eat less protein, he feeds them mealworms daily- some greens like kale etc too- but they love the bugs! -he dips them in calcium powder before dropping them in the water for their shells.....man does he love his little babies!

ncmickeyluvr
04-08-2011, 10:46 AM
This thread is almost 5 years old. I wonder if the original turle is even still alive. :confused3 Hope they found it something to eat by now!

okeydokey
04-08-2011, 12:16 PM
aquatic type turtle

thanx for all the suggestions

lisa


Just noticed this thread was bumped from ages ago. Weird.

Secretmagic
04-08-2011, 02:22 PM
This thread is almost 5 years old. I wonder if the original turle is even still alive. :confused3 Hope they found it something to eat by now!

I've had my two painted turtles for 18 years. They eat dry cat food.

cm8
04-08-2011, 02:33 PM
This thread is almost 5 years old. I wonder if the original turle is even still alive. :confused3 Hope they found it something to eat by now!

me too and thanks for the advice:thumbsup2

surfergirl602
04-08-2011, 03:49 PM
My turtles are from china town too. :)

How big are they?

If they are a bit bigger, try some small guppy feeders.

Don't feed them the turtle pellets from walmart - even my turtles won't eat them. Go to a pet shop and get them the fruit and veggie pellets.

Also, aquatic turtles need water in order to eat. They cannot eat on dry land.

surfergirl602
04-08-2011, 03:49 PM
Oh lovely. I just replied to an ancient thread.

Mickey1Fan
04-08-2011, 07:38 PM
I have a red ear slider that is about 14 years old. He eats turtle pellets and I was in a speciality pet store and they told me that for feeding I should skip a day of feeding, next day greens and next day pellets. I'm hoping I don't have a fat turtle because I'm already working on slimming down the cat!

The turtle does eat every time I put food in the tank, interesting.

It is funny how an old thread has lots of activity.

Cruise
04-09-2011, 04:55 PM
Just noticed this thread was bumped from ages ago. Weird.

Oh lovely. I just replied to an ancient thread.

It's because these spam advertisers do a search for the keyword of what they're trying to sell and then revive ancient threads just so they can throw their advertising into their signature. They usually only have the one post ... sometimes two if they find two different subject specific threads to reply to.