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Post Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:20 am   Re: Feeding list! (Add yours here)

Winter: Reptomin pellets everyday. Add some lettuce maybe 2 a week.

Summer: Lots and lots of reptomin in the pond. Water Lettuce, Azzola, Water Hyacinth, Parrots Feather and Anacharis.
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:49 pm   Re: Feeding list! (Add yours here)

SeriSlider wrote:Turtle age 2-3yrs :?:
Turtle size ~7inches
Turtle habitat: indoor 20 gal tank :shock:

Sunday- Pellet mix containing dried shrimp, worms, and cranberries
Monday- Pellet mix containing dried shrimp, worms, and cranberries
Tuesday-Pellet mix containing dried shrimp, worms, and cranberries
Wensday- Pellet mix containing dried shrimp, worms, and cranberries
Thursday- Pellet mix containing dried shrimp, worms, and cranberries
Friday- Pellet mix containing dried shrimp, worms, and cranberries
Saturday- Pellet mix containing dried shrimp, worms, and cranberries

*each day she gets about 1 1/2 tsp (is that too much?)

Treats: she gets krill maybe once or twice per month, just a pinch. And cuttlebone on average 2x/mo *its a pain to get the backing off*. Every once in a while, maybe 2-3x/mo she'll get spinach. And every other month I give her about 8 red roseys.

*Is she being over fed?


i think you are feeding too much protein...2-3 years and 7 inches...looks like she is being overfed...
don't see any veggie in the list, veggies should be regular not like as treats only...
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Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:13 pm   Re: Feeding list! (Add yours here)

I have a 46 year old RES that is like a Labrador..........she will eat anything that doesn't eat her first! Not really, but I am amazed over the years how many things she has grown to like. I just introduced her to avocado because I thought she might benefit from the oils. She LOVES fish, squash, blueberries, but eats a lot of different things like dandilion greens, and apples. I give her a variety of pellets, too, in hopes of making sure she has a balanced diet. Included in these are dry shrimp and meal worms.
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Post Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:33 am   Re: Feeding list! (Add yours here)

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Post Posted: Sun May 20, 2012 12:16 pm   Re: Feeding list! (Add yours here)

Turtle Age (Aprox): 3 years
Turtle Size (SCL) : 5 inches, 4 inches
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor) : indoor- 75 gallon

Sunday : 1 tsp pellets each turtle, Romaine and/or Red Leaf Lettuce
Monday : Romaine and/or Red Leaf Lettuce
Tuesday : 1 tsp pellets each turtle, Romaine and/or Red Leaf Lettuce
Wednesday : Romaine and/or Red Leaf Lettuce
Thursday : 1 tsp pellets each turtle, Romaine and/or Red Leaf Lettuce
Friday : Romaine and/or Red Leaf Lettuce
Saturday : 1 tsp pellets each turtle, Romaine and/or Red Leaf Lettuce
This is every other day, so the days of the week alternate weekly.

Treats: They get live crickets from the pet store once in a blue moon
River shrimp, one each, every few days or whenever I think of it, not more than twice a week.
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Post Posted: Mon May 21, 2012 12:50 pm   Re: Feeding list! (Add yours here)

Turtle Age (Aprox): No idea, probably 2.5-3 years old... he was 4.5" when I got him.
Turtle Size (SCL): 4.5-5"
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor): Indoor - 55 gallons.

Sunday: 3 red leaf lettuce pieces, reptomin pellets (about a tsp)
Monday: 1-2 pieces red leaf lettuce.
Tuesday: 3 red leaf lettuce pieces, reptomin pellets (about a tsp)
Wednesday: 1-2 pieces red leaf lettuce.
Thursday: 3 red leaf lettuce pieces, reptomin pellets (about a tsp)
Friday: 1-2 pieces red leaf lettuce.
Saturday: 3 red leaf lettuce pieces, reptomin pellets (about a tsp)

Treats (and frequency): Dried brine shrimp (Every now and then... probably less than 1-3 pieces a week. They're very small), cuttlebone, and some guppies he won't eat. Sometimes I feed him carrots or sweet potato.

He seems to be having problems shedding though (Lots of retained scutes from however he was raised before I got him). :/
What's some other stuff I could add to help? (Other than wheat germ pellets)
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Post Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 1:00 am   Re: Feeding list! (Add yours here)

Aside from wheat germ pellets, the best thing to help shed is plenty of basking. People used to mention blueberries as helping with shedding, though it might have just been a fad.
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Post Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 8:18 am   Re: Feeding list! (Add yours here)

steve wrote:Aside from wheat germ pellets, the best thing to help shed is plenty of basking. People used to mention blueberries as helping with shedding, though it might have just been a fad.

Well, apparently he is way overdue for a new lamp so I'm hoping it will help. He IS shedding... just very slowly. XD
New UVB rays should make him happy.
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:52 am   Re: Feeding list! (Add yours here)

UVB doesn't make you turtle happy, thats the job of UVA rays. UVB rays have a big role in making your turtle healthy;)
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Post Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:44 pm   Re: Feeding list! (Add yours here)

slider_keeper wrote:UVB rays have a big role in making your turtle healthy;)


True, but healthy generally leads to happiness. :)

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Post Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:32 pm   Re: Feeding list! (Add yours here)

michaelg wrote:
slider_keeper wrote:UVB rays have a big role in making your turtle healthy;)


True, but healthy generally leads to happiness. :)

-Michael


Yeah but what about all the other factors that health has no control over. You can be healthy does that make you happy? I know alot of people that arent healthy but they are happy, sad I know!
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Post Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:42 pm   Re: Feeding list! (Add yours here)

Turtle Age (Aprox) 1.5 months
Turtle Size (SCL) 1.5 inches
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor) Indoor

Sunday: Pellets, lettuce, chicken
Monday: Pellets, lettuce, chicken
Tuesday: Pellets, lettuce, chicken
Wednesday: Pellets, lettuce, chicken
Thursday: Pellets, lettuce, chicken
Friday: Pellets, lettuce, chicken
Saturday: Pellets, lettuce, chicken

I feed him 8 ReptoMin Baby pellets which is about the size of his head. I also feed him a piece of lettuce (that he never eats), and a small peice of chicken.
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:20 am   Re: Feeding list! (Add yours here)

You can stop offering chicken and perhaps keep it as a rare treat (once a month?).
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:13 am   Re: Feeding list! (Add yours here)

I just switched my turtle diet around, but I will put it here for some suggestions on what to maybe change?

1 RES @ 5-6 years ( I can't remember when I got her, and keep forgetting to look up what year it was :$)
She is 4.5 inches long
Lives in a 35-40 gallon tank with some big ( carefully places ) rocks a floating basking rock thingy and 10 rosy reds

Her old diet was pellets every other day, and that was all but I've changed that now.

All of last week she got dandelion greens, every day, a small handful, she loves them, and they seem to have made her a little more energetic. She also got pellets every other day last week, but fewer so I can try to wean her down to more veggies and less pellets.

This week, she had her dandelion greens until yesterday, but I finally went grocery shopping yesterday :$ we have been lazy around here lately lol, so yesterday she got to try red leaf lettuce and a baby carrot :) she LOVED both, and it was really neat watching her try to figure out what happened to the carrot pieces, because they sank, and she is used to floating foods lol, she finally found the carrot and ate it all. Today I am thinking of adding a small amount of green or red pepper, and maybe a small piece of cherry as a treat. I am going to continue adding different veggies to her diet, it just means that my boyfriend and i will be eating MUCH more salad lol.

Treats used to be snails, but I can never seem to find any at our local pet store, however I can get some from the lake now and she liked those alot last time I got them. I had added 12 rosy reds to her tank as a source of food, entertainment and fun, there are 10 left, and she has no real interest in them, she occasionally tries to corner one, but usually fails lol.

If you have any suggestions for good things to introduce that might benefit a veggie deprived ( until now) female RES to get back on track of a proper diet, please feel free to let me know here or pm me :) thanks so much for this topic also, its been so helpful!
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:14 am   Re: Feeding list! (Add yours here)

Sounds like you're on the right track, just continue to make gradual introductions to veggies and cut out the treats.
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