Feeding and Nutrition :: Broccoli? Rolley-polleys? Celery?

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 2:29 pm   Broccoli? Rolley-polleys? Celery?

Are these good for baby turtles?
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Post Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:38 pm   

Celery is in the what NOT to feed your turtles list...

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 9:23 am   

whats a rolley-polley?? lol
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Post Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 3:35 pm   

Skip the broccoli as well. Concentrate on leafy greens (dandelions, red-leaf and romaine lettuce, etc. as well as some foods that contain beta-carotene (small, thin carrot peels, bits of squash, pumpkin, cantelope). Try also anachris, an aquatic plant. Most hatchlings like it.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 3:54 pm   

Rolley polleys are little grey bugs that curl up into a ball if you poke them.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 3:57 pm   

I know the roley poleys (pill bugs/potato bugs whatever you wanna call them) are fine for box turtles so I don't see why you couldn't feed them to your res, however, you wouldn't want to just go outside and get them because of pesticides and such. I've never seen them for sale so I don't use them.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:24 pm   

My Spotty loves roley poleys and also fresh basil and parsley. He won't give the time of day to a carrot.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:37 pm   

Mine loves carrots... how do i make him eat his greens?
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 6:29 pm   

Tough love often works the best. If you don't know what that is, it's when you don't feen your turtle anything but leafy greens until he learns that it's food. My turtles were dead scared of the veggies when I first put them in(cowards...) but they've learned to love them! Also, if that doesn't work, try soaking your veggies in tuna juice over night so it's smelly, or put a bit of canned cat food or tuna(once again, think smelly foods) on the veggies.
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Post Posted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 4:13 pm   

I had a box turtle as a kid and his feeding was literally once a day going with me to this large rock and I would muscle it over and he would eat whichever bugs he wanted from underneath it and then I would put the rock back down and off we'd go about our day lol

He absolutely LOVED roly polies and he nearly wiped out their population for a bit so crickets had to be substituted until they bred again.

However I am new to RES's so I couldn't tell you for sure but I doubt they would have anything particularly bad in them.
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Post Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 1:43 pm   

i dont recommend any of the foods u posted

but mine seems to love romaine lettuce
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Post Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 2:35 pm   

what is wrong with Broccoli , it has many good things in it ??
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Post Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 2:56 pm   

I found a website that mentions some foods to avoid and why:
* "Empty" food like lettuce and celery. They provide very little useful nutrition or fiber. Only use it to entertain a turtle that is already well fed.
* Food high in oxalic acid like spinach, chard and rhubarb. Oxalic acid blocks the absorption of calcium. These foods cause the turtle to become calcium deficient even if a good source of calcium is provided.
* High purine foods which include peas, beans, mushrooms should be used sparingly because they can contribute to gout if overused.
* Also avoid cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, bok-choi, and kohlrabi (brassica family). In excessive amounts of these plants contribute to kidney disease and goiter. Turnips, soybeans, radishes, rapeseed, and mustard also contain goitrogens. These should be used rarely. However, the addition of kelp to the diet may reverse the goitrogenic effect of the brassicas.
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