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Post Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:32 pm   Feeding list! (Add yours here)

I'd like to know what you're feeding your turtles. It seems people are not sure how much to feed or what to feed despite the info on the this site.

So if you can post your turtle's diet, I would like to use it as a reference. Something like this...

Turtle Age (Aprox)
Turtle Size (SCL)
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor)


Treats (and frequency)

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:44 pm   

Turtle Age (Aprox) 1.5 years
Turtle Size (SCL) 4 inches
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor) indoor

Sunday: pellets to fit inside leo's head, sometimes cuttlebone
Monday:a veggie or fruit... usually greens, grapes, or carrots
Tuesday: pellets
Wednesday:veggie assortment
Thursday: pellets
Friday: veggie assortment
Saturday:pellets, sometimes a snack like rosy reds

-- truthfully, I don't keep Leo on a weekly/daily schedule, so this is a rough estimate

Treats (and frequency)
once or twice a month I get Leo a few rosy reds, although she hasn't had any since early-mid summer so the frequency has dwindled now that my schedule has picked up.
she also has brine shrimp which I feed her on an "as i think of it" basis, I wouldn't say she gets that more than once every few months, mostly because I hate the odor, and I think rosy reds are a more entertaining treat.
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Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:27 am   

Turtle Age (Aprox) 8 months
Turtle Size (SCL) 3 inches
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor) indoor

Sunday: Assortment of various pellets.
Monday: veggies
Wednesday: Reptomin
Friday: Carrots, sweet potato

Treats (and frequency) Usually once in two weeks she gets some ocean krill, bloodworms, crickets, and fruits.
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Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:33 am   

Turtle Age (Aprox) *3 years
Turtle Size (SCL) *6in
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor) *Indoor, 125gal

Sunday *red leaf or romaine lettuce (2 leaves)
Monday *1 large earthworm each
Tuesday *red leaf or romain lettuce
Wednesday *Nutrafin pellets (calcium & vit d3 enriched, amount the size of head)
Thursday *Dandelion greens
Friday *either pellets or 3 freeze dried crickets each
Saturday *red leaf or romaine lettuce

Treats (and frequency)

The following are offered about once a month:

Shredded carrots
Sliced strawberries
Whatever bugs find their way into the tank from outside

Cuttlebone is offered about every other week

Feeder fish (minnows, guppies, the odd gold fish when there's nothing else available) are pretty constant.
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Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:02 pm   

Turtles Age (Aprox) 3 years
Turtles Size (SCL) 3 inches
Turtles habitat (indoor/outdoor) indoor

Sunday: Pellets
Monday: Various types of veggies
Tuesday: Variuos types of veggies
Wednesday: Carrots
Friday: Pellets

treats-Cuttlebone (every other week) Feeder Guppies( Once every month)
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Post Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 2:35 am   

Turtle Age-Aprox. 3-5 months
Turtle Size- 1 7/8 inch
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor): indoor

Sunday- 5-6 pellets, Veggies ( i try to feed it to him but so far he has no interest.)
Monday-4 pellets, Carrot (which he eats)
Tuesday- 5-6 pellets, Veggies( i try to feed it to him but so far he has no interest.)

Wednesday- Fruit
Thursday- 5-6 pellets, Veggies( i try to feed it to him but so far he has no interest.)

Friday- 5-6 pellets, Veggies( i try to feed it to him but so far he has no interest.)

Saturday- 5-6 pellets, Veggies( i try to feed it to him but so far he has no interest.)

Treats (and frequency)
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 1:24 am   

Turtle Age (Aprox) 5 years
Turtle Size (SCL) 8.4 inches
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor) indoor

Sunday 8 pellets of Tetra ReptoMin
Monday 0
Tuesday 0
Wednesday Veggies (Sweet Potato Leaves, ater convolvulus, Water cress)
Thursday 0
Friday 0
Saturday Apple to moisten Miner-all Indoor
Sunday 0
Monday 0
Tuesday 8 pellets of Tetra ReptoMin

Treats (and frequency) 5 dried Krill per week
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 7:47 am   

Turtle Age: 7 years
Turtle Size: 5"
Turtle habitat: indoor

Sunday: 1/2 head pellets, leafy greens
Monday: 1/2 head pellets, leafy greens
Tuesday: 1/2 head pellets, leafy greens
Wednesday: 1/2 head pellets, leafy greens, carrots, some other veggie that i find in the fridge
Thursday: nothing
Friday: nothing
Saturday: almost a whole head of pellets, leafy greens

Treats: cuttlebone as needed, once a month or so he gets a few canned crickets dusted vith repto-cal
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 11:18 am   

Turtle Age: I've owned him just over a year, and he was only 1.5 inches when I got him, so probably a year to a year and a half.
Turtle Size: About 4 inches
Habitat: indoor

Sunday: pellets (size of his head)
Monday: lettuce or maybe some carrot
Tuesday: pellets
Wednesday: more lettuce
Thursday: pellets

I was giving him carrot on a semi-regular basis, but I noticed it was on the "Moderate" list, so I'm cutting back on that. Once every month or so he gets about five rosey red minnows or a few ghost shrimp. Oh, and some cuttle bone when I remember (which isn't very often).
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 11:31 am   

Turtle Age (Aprox) Napoleon and Hercules 7+, Moxie 6
Turtle Size (SCL) Napoleon 4.5, Hercules 5, Moxie 3.625
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor) Napoleon 30 gallon, Hercules 45 gallon, Moxie 20 gallon

My aquatic turtles receive a fairly consistent diet. I feed pellets every day, a little less than would fit in half their heads. I would rather give them less but be able to do it every day. I buy bagged salads, so they have a different kind of lettuce each week, alternating between mixes of romaine, green leaf, red leaf, butter and radicchio. Then I pick a vegetable to supplement the lettuce: peppers, carrots, zucchini, whatever else I can find that's okay for them.

So their diet is pretty much the same every day for a week, then changes when I go shopping. I don't really eat vegetables so it's tough to have a ton of variety in the house at any given time.

I make sure they always have small pieces of cuttlebone in their tanks, if they aren't touching it I'll dust their food every week or so. They get tiny shreds of tuna whenever I have it for lunch, maybe twice a month. I've been giving berries lately, maybe once every 2 or 3 weeks.

I don't give feeder fish because I can't get over the fear of them having parasites or some disease.
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 12:42 pm   

Turtle Age (Aprox) 7.5 months
Turtle Size (SCL) 2.55 in. and 2.95 in.
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor) indoor

Sunday 4 pellets, anacharis
Monday 4 pellets, green leaf lettuce
Tuesday 4 pellets, anacharis
Wednesday 4 pellets, red leaf or kale (whichever is available)
Thursday 4 pellets, small pieces of carrot usually, sometimes about an 1/8 of a cherry tomato between them (not very often), sometimes some grape or canteloupe {note- only one of these each time, not all 4 at once}
Friday 4 pellets, anacharis
Saturday 4 pellets, occasionally (maybe every other week) a piece of earthworm or a rosy red or guppy

Treats (and frequency) My turtle's favorite treat is tomato, which i give about once a month, but they go crazy for it... they also love carrots. I've yet to introduce krill/shrimp because I'm afraid they'll stop loving their veggies so much.
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 3:14 pm   

Turtle Age (Aprox): 5 years
Turtle Size (SCL) : 7"
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor) : Indoor except for outdoors in the summer

Sunday : Pellets (reptomin or mazuri) 1/2 head's worth + lettuce
Monday : Pellets (reptomin or mazuri) 1/2 head's worth + lettuce
Tuesday : Pellets (reptomin or mazuri) 1/2 head's worth + lettuce
Wednesday : Pellets (reptomin or mazuri) 1/2 head's worth + basil
Thursday : Pellets (reptomin or mazuri) 1/2 head's worth + basil
Friday : Pellets (reptomin or mazuri) 1/2 head's worth + tomato, carrot, or blueberry
Saturday : Pellets (reptomin or mazuri) 1/2 head's worth + lettuce

For lettuce, Spot gets red or green leaf lettuce or romaine or some other green leafy thing - whatever else we happen to have on hand.

Treats (and frequency) : Once a month or every 6 weeks Spot gets shrimp. I buy bags of frozen, raw medium sized shrimp in the shell and thaw one and lightly cook it in a cup of water in the microwave, take off the shell and throw it in Spot's tank. Spot swallows it whole most of the time. At about the same frequency he gets a couple of freeze dried gut loaded crickets. He's got minnows in his tank which he doesn't eat and minnows outside in this pond. I don't know whether or not he ever eats the ones in his pond. Also, there are snails in his tank and sometimes he eats one. There is always a chunk of cuttlebone in his tank.

Like with Meg, this is only an approximate schedule.
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Post Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:12 pm   

Very simple -- Every feeding day is Reptomin - Once a week a
frozen fish-
Every other week a calcium block in bottom of tank.
My 3 inch or larger get fed every other day. Smaller get fed
every day. I feed them by hand to make sure
one is not getting more than the other. I have some bully pigs
that would walk all over the others If I just put it in the
tank. It also helps in keeping the tank clean. OOps For got the mention the veggies. I give them as I have them about three times a week.
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Post Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 6:49 pm   

Turtle Age (Aprox): 6 months
Turtle Size (SCL) : 1-1.5 inches
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor) : indoor- 20 gallon

Sunday : 4 Pellets, lettuce
Monday : 4 Pellets, lettuce
Tuesday : 4 Pellets, lettuce
Wednesday : 4 Pellets, lettuce
Thursday : 4 Pellets, lettuce
Friday : 4 Pellets, lettuce
Saturday : 4 Pellets, carrots
(variety of lettuce and pellets)

I feed worms or fish about once a month.
Fruits about once every two weeks.
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:39 am   

Turtle Age (Aprox) 1.5 years
Turtle Size (SCL) 6 inches and 4 inches
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor) Both. Indoor for the winter, outside when I am home in the summer in thier stock tank.
They have some food in the tank all the time. There are generally at least 2 kinds of aquatic plant to munch on, as well as snails and Rosies. They eat the plants fairly fast, but the (big) snails and Rosies usually last for awhile.

Sunday Pellet mix-Reptomin, Mazuri, Zoo med, and cuttlebone pieces
Monday ORGANIC! Sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin, squash, peaches, mango, canteloupe or other Vit A rich plant source.
Tuesday Pellet mix
Wednesday organic spring mix-red leaf, green leaf, dandelion greens, romaine, escarole, endive.
Thursday pellet mix
Friday Left to eat the plants and animals in the tank. No added food.
Saturday 2 gutloaded crickets each, or 2 butter worms each, or an earth worm each, or a hornworm each if I am about to clean the tank.

Treats (and frequency) They get little freeze dried shrimp once a week, but only if they take it from my fingers. This usually means 1-3 each. Every other MOnday, they get fruit instead of veggies, and once a month they get fruit on Friday too. Blueberries, cherries, apple, plum, grapes, or papaya usually.
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