Turtle Care

Turtles spend most of their lives in the water, but they do enjoy regular access to sunshine. 

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DIET

  • Turtles feed on aquatic animals and plants.
  • Turtles need a good variety of vegetables eg: carrot, capsicum, bok choy, spinach and other green leafy vegetables.
  • Whole fish, like whitebait (not fish fillet) is ideal food.
  • Once a week replace the fish with a meal of preferably bloodworms.
  • Short neck turtles also enjoy occasional crustaceans (prawns or yabbies), or insects (crickets & woodies).
  • Feed turtles in the water, they will eat while submerged.
  • Young small turtles (10-50 cent piece size) feed every day.
  • Older turtles (1-2 years of age) feed every second day.
  • Larger turtles (butter plate to a dinner plate size) should be fed 2-3 times a week.

HOUSING

  • Water temperature for your turtle should be kept at 24-26 degrees.
  • A UVB light source should be used (helps with calcium absorption).
  • Rocks and timber should be provided for the turtle to rest out of the water.
  • Regular water change.

NUTRITIONAL PROBLEMS

  • Overfeeding will lead to dirty water, liver problems and severe skin and shell problems.
  • Failure to feed veggies and whole fish will lead to severe nutritional deficiencies, and soft shell from lack of calcium.
  • Turtle dinners and pellets are not a whole diet, and if fed as a major source of food, will lead to nutritional deficiencies.

 

 

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