Prohibited food for land turtles

Contrary to what is often thought, the diet of your earth turtle can not be composed solely of lettuce leaves. At YourCatCareguide we know that these reptiles require a balanced and varied diet to grow strong and healthy.

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However, you can not add any ingredients to your turtle’s food, since some are harmful to them. That is why we are introducing you to this article on forbidden foods for turtles .

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Not everything is lettuce

Proper feeding of the turtle will depend greatly on the species to which it belongs. Even among those of land, there are different varieties with different nutritional requirements. Still, there are certain general recommendations about a diet suited to terrestrial.

Offering mixed meals , with different types of vegetables, small portions of fruit and some extra accessories is ideal, not only to cover all food needs, but also so that the turtle does not get accustomed to a single taste and then refuses to experiment different things, something that ends up being counterproductive for their healthy development.

Here is a list of certain foods that are prohibited for land turtles, which should only be offered in small quantities and infrequently.

Vegetables and grains

All vegetables and grains are prohibited for turtles, such as beans, beans, maize, rice, beans, lentils, peas and others. They should not be given to the turtle in any way, nor the natural grain nor in the form of cookies or other foods containing it.

Vegetables, vegetables and greens

These food groups should constitute 90% of the turtle’s diet. However, not all vegetables or all vegetables are suitable for them. In this regard, we recommend that you avoid :

  • Beet
  • Carrot
  • Zucchini
  • Pepper
  • Peppers
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach

The consumption of most of these foods can lead to obesity, nutritional deficiencies and even diseases in the liver . Lettuce, although not harmful, is preferable to be given sporadically, and instead prefer wild herbs and various types of flowers.


Although the fruit should be part of the usual diet of land turtles, it is recommended to add only about 10% of this in each serving of food. In the same way, there are some that are prohibited:

  • Banana
  • Dates
  • Grapes
  • Peach
  • Kiwi
  • Rome
  • Damascus


A little dish prepared with mushrooms is often very tempting for humans, but will be fatal to an earth turtle. Must not give mushrooms or other fungi . Not only are they difficult to digest, but they may also be poisonous.


Under no circumstances should you give the turtle foods containing large amounts of sugar. This includes not only minimizing the portions of fruit, a topic already mentioned, but also removing from the diet of these reptiles any kind of human delicacy .

Because? The stomach bacteria of turtles are only capable of digesting reduced amounts of sugar, so excessive ingestion would do away with all of them, leading to intoxication that could kill the animal .

Food for puppies or cats

Many people recommend giving dog food to supplement turtle nutrition. However, this is a mistake, since the vitamins and minerals of this type of food have been exclusively formulated for dogs and not for turtles, so they bring supplements that in the long run can be harmful to these reptiles and can cause the emergence of deficiencies or nutritional excesses.

Products of animal origin

The Mediterranean land turtles should not consume any type of animal product, while the tropical ones do not need this type of food in their diet, but in the form of snails, larvae and insects. In addition, the portion should be very small, only about 5% of the total diet .

Major feeding problems

The ration specially formulated for turtles is not recommended as the main food in the turtle’s diet as it does not contain all the necessary nutrients. The ideal is to administer a homemade and natural diet, and offer the food to the turtles only sporadically.

Overfishing is often the main problem of captive turtles. Giving more food than they need translates into obese animals, with serious health problems and deformations in the shell. Ask your veterinarian frequently about the amount of food the turtle needs, according to the age and species to which it belongs.

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