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Post Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:46 pm   

I have now added sweet potato and squash to my turt's feeding. She loves them. I haven't tried the cucumber yet but I did buy one today for my salad so I'll throw a piece in a see if she eats it. Still having trouble with lettuce but otherwise she devours anything I put in her tank.
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:13 pm   

Um, in response to the feeding list, I don't know that I like the idea of giving a turtle sweet potatoes.

All potatoes have starch in them. Starch is a type of sugar. The only "animal" I know of that can tolerate sugar is a human being. Cooked sweet potatoes do have a little bit of calcium, but, they also have large amounts of sodium and carbohydrates. Carbs are good for energy, but the high salt content also bothers me.

And, if I've said it once, I'll say it again: If you have a turtle under two inches, and under five months, it is okay to give them extra protein. When I first got my hatchlings they were not very strong, they had low muscle mass, and were very inactive the first week. After giving them more protein, this dramatically improved until they were old enough to start on more pellets than they already had and vegetables. Protein once a week, in addition to staple pellets and later on in their first year a variety of veggies gets you a very healthy turtle. (Also note that my father bought the turtles as a gift before I knew anything about raising them. I only recently started using heat emitters and UVB, and without those light sources, they were still healthy because of that diet alone.)
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:05 pm   

I tried the sweet potato because it's on the feeding list from this website and I trust their recommendations. Apparently my vet does too, he gave me a list of veggies/fruits for my turt and it matched what this site states on their feeding section. I'm very glad your turts are healthy without it though! Good job!
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:11 pm   

trudykurz wrote:I tried the sweet potato because it's on the feeding list from this website and I trust their recommendations. Apparently my vet does too, he gave me a list of veggies/fruits for my turt and it matched what this site states on their feeding section. I'm very glad your turts are healthy without it though! Good job!


I wasn't really like, scolding you, or anything like that. I was talking to pretty much anyone. I guess, once in a while they are okay, but I wouldn't feed them sweet potatoes in excess *shrugs*
Spike - Egyptian mau mix, 8 years old
Phryne - Japanese bobtail, 9 months old
Hurricane - RES, 8 yo, 6 1/2 in. long
Typhoon - RES/Map hybrid, 8 yo, 7 in. long
Sadie - RES, 20 yo, 10 in. long
Sophie - Colombian red tail boa, 5 yo, 5 ft. long
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:48 pm   

Oh I didn't take it that way! I'm a new turt owner (adopted her) so I rely on this site big time and I'm always glad to hear a comment! I'm just so happy that my turt tries new things, quite a few people seem to have trouble getting their babies to eat veggies but mine is voracious and I'm very lucky!
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:58 pm   

theartbook35 wrote:Um, in response to the feeding list...



Lol. How were you not talking directly to the trudy?

Also, sweet potato DOES have alot of sugar, but it has huge amounts of vitamin A. It also has significant amounts of vitamins C, E, and K. It only has like 3x the amount of sugar as carrots. If nothing else, adds nice variety.
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:16 pm   

Thanks for the nutritional info Caphits! I had read that it was great for Vitamin E but didn't know about the other vitamins. I had read that carrots were high in sugar so I do limit those. My turt is really into veggies and I'm so glad, I love giving her different things to try (as long as it's on the approved list by this site and her vet!). I only give her fruit once a month so I hope I balancing this correctly, I'm new to this and still learning so very open to suggestions from everyone, I take no offense at anything, I just want Barnie to have the best life possible.
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:36 pm   

Caphits wrote:
theartbook35 wrote:Um, in response to the feeding list...



Lol. How were you not talking directly to the trudy?

Also, sweet potato DOES have alot of sugar, but it has huge amounts of vitamin A. It also has significant amounts of vitamins C, E, and K. It only has like 3x the amount of sugar as carrots. If nothing else, adds nice variety.


I worded it weird. I meant the "what to feed your turtle" list.

I figure for variety it's okay and if your turtle needs vitamins right away. But I just don't think it should be fed in excess.
Spike - Egyptian mau mix, 8 years old
Phryne - Japanese bobtail, 9 months old
Hurricane - RES, 8 yo, 6 1/2 in. long
Typhoon - RES/Map hybrid, 8 yo, 7 in. long
Sadie - RES, 20 yo, 10 in. long
Sophie - Colombian red tail boa, 5 yo, 5 ft. long
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:12 pm   

I agree! I try to change her diet daily at this point and introduce as many veggies as I can. Thanks again everyone for this feeding list and the suggestions they are truly appreciated!
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Post Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:48 pm   

Wow, this post was very helpful! Thanks to everyone who posted their lists! :D
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Post Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:20 am   

Turtle Age : 2.4 Years
Turtle Size : About 4-5 inches
Turtle habitat : Outdoor

Sunday - Saturday : Favorite food pellets, sometimes some lettuce and carrots.
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:37 pm   

i just put this together does this sound alright.
mon:1/2pellets
tue: some sorta snack/ledduce all that good stuff
wed 1/2 pellets
thu/:snack
frid:1/2pellets
sat:1/2pellets
sun:snack
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:14 pm   

I made up a new feeding list, so, this is what my little girls are getting now:

Sunday: Pellets + lettuce
Monday: Dried shrimp + lettuce
Tuesday: Lettuce or tomato or carrots
Wednesday: Pellets
Thursday: Pellets or fruit
Friday: Pellets + lettuce
Saturday: Dried shrimp + lettuce
Spike - Egyptian mau mix, 8 years old
Phryne - Japanese bobtail, 9 months old
Hurricane - RES, 8 yo, 6 1/2 in. long
Typhoon - RES/Map hybrid, 8 yo, 7 in. long
Sadie - RES, 20 yo, 10 in. long
Sophie - Colombian red tail boa, 5 yo, 5 ft. long
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Post Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:12 pm   

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:37 pm   my turtles diet

2 females aged 9 yrs/old
approx 25cm (12inches), 5lbs

diet- every other day I feed them a variety of fresh or frozen fish (smelts), and sometimes shrimp, scallops, salmon. I also feed them in a separate container to keep the tank water cleaner. I have tried many times to get them to eat vegetables, but they have always refused. I have had them vet checked and they were deemed healthy.
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