Ground turtle feeding

The land turtle is an ideal pet for those people who do not have a lot of space, or for those who prefer to live with animals that are not too noisy. If this is your case, the silent, patient tortoise is the companion you are seeking.

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Despite what is believed, not all species of turtles eat the same thing, let alone eat lettuce leaves. That is why in YourCatCareguide we offer you this practical guide on feeding turtles . If you want to adopt one of these friendly reptiles, you should know everything you need to provide you with a nutritious diet.

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Earth turtles

If you want to have an earth turtle as a companion, you should know that one of the most important elements for its development is the feeding, since a deficiency in it can cause several diseases, whereas the excess of food brings growth disorders and obesity, among others health problems.

Ground turtle feeding varies according to species, as some are omnivorous (eat fruits, vegetables and some animal protein) and others exclusively herbivorous. In either case, the diet should be as varied as possible , trying to imitate all food sources that would have their natural habitat.

The goal is for the variety of foods to provide your turtle with all the vitamins and minerals needed to develop normally, and do not get into the habit of consuming only one type of food, something that occurs very easily in these reptiles.

Balanced diet for land turtles

It is advisable to advise with your veterinarian on the most suitable diet for your turtle depending on the species, however there are some generic guidelines on beneficial foods and the servings that cater for most of them.

The strong part of the food should consist of fresh vegetables and vegetables such as zucchini, beet, turnip, lettuce, spinach, celery branch, kale and watercress. Others such as carrots, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and squash should be offered only occasionally and to a minimum, since excessive intake leads to health problems. Also a small portion of fruit is needed , we recommend apples, watermelons, fig, pears, melons and strawberries. On the other hand, if possible, some wild plants such as dandelion, flowers, alfalfa, among others.

In omnivorous species, one should supplement this diet occasionally with small portions of protein, consisting of snails, some insects, larvae, slugs, and perhaps small pieces of fish and shellfish.

The proportion of a balanced diet would be that which consists of:

  • 80% vegetables and veggies
  • 6% fruit
  • 8% herbs
  • 5% animal protein

While there are commercial foods for earth turtles, these do not offer the variety of color, flavor and benefits that have good home-cooked food. We recommend adding to the diet only occasionally as a supplement.

Some people recommend giving food to damp dogs, but this is not recommended because it is food made for another animal species, with the nutritional requirements that this species needs and that nothing good will bring to your turtle. The same goes for cat food and for rabbits. In addition, you should provide your turtle with constant access to a source of fresh water , both for drinking and for bathing. The ideal is to put a low container full of water so she can dive whenever she wishes or just drink a little of it without much effort.

General recommendations

It is not only the choice of food that is important when it comes to feeding your turtle ground but also the presentation of the different ingredients:

  • Turtles are attracted to colorful food , so an attractive dish will stimulate them to eat.
  • All ingredients should be washed, peeled when necessary and cut into suitable pieces so that the ground turtle will chew them effortlessly.
  • Once cut everything, combine to form a salad . This will prevent the animal from selecting what it will eat and enjoy the nutrients of everything it offers. The idea is to vary among the ingredients that we suggest so that your turtle learns to eat everything.
  • Never place the food directly on the ground or in the garden, set aside a container for it.
  • It is not necessary to add salt, condiments or anything extra.
  • Change food 2 to 3 times a day, offer a strong dish once a day and small snacks made from leaves of watercress, chard, and other vegetables.
  • The water should be changed every day and placed in a shady place.

And to finish offering your best friend the best care, in addition to being careful with your food, be sure to check the most common diseases to prevent their development.

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Emily Harris

Hi Guys, Girls, and Cats:-p I am Emily Harris, and you can see in above pic. She loves me I swear. I saved her from a dumpster a few weeks back.

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