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Post Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:55 pm   

Very Helpful!!! Thank you :)
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Post Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:00 am   

Cutting it up is such a good idea! I didn't know that a bird's cuttle bone was the same as a turtle's. Totally could have saved myself some money. Ah well. Anyway, the way I feed it to my turtle is by wiggling it at him and he will take a bite. After a few bites he usually gets bored. I do this because when I put it in the water he pretty much leaves it alone after a while.
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Post Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:44 am   

I tried bird cuttlebone and found it to be very dry and spintery once the turtles munched on it; it made lots of sharp fragments in the water. I went back to using turtle cuttlebone; it's processing seems to leave it less powdery, helps it stay more intact.

I break off about a quarter of of the cuttlebone and toss that fairly large piece into the turtles' water. They eat it as they get around to it. So much to do in a day for a turtle. It takes them about a week to eat that quarter cuttlebone and I toss in another.
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Post Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:40 pm   

is it a necessary item
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Post Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:39 pm   

coreyvht wrote:is it a necessary item


It's good for them to have some sort of calcium supplement. The amount of calcium in pellets and veggies often isn't enough.
Females tend to need/want more calcium than males. They've got a lot more body mass to maintain. My female will eat as much cuttlebone as I put in there. But my male will only eat a couple bites of cuttlebone a month, no matter how often I put it in there.
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:30 pm   

I'm so glad that I found this forum. There are so many tips about keeping turtles(we call terrapin in the UK).
I went to get one from our local supermarket after reading the post. And guess what?? It's only £0.38($0.57 US)for one in the pet section. I was so thrilled! I ran back home and quickly peeled the backing. Broke into small pieces and gave one to each to our terrapin. They love it!! Thank you very much!!
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:10 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

would the cuttlebone give the water calcium if it starts to dissolve?and does any one know of turtles that dont eat it? Paddleton is very picky
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:31 am   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

It might add a little calcium, but not in a significant amount. Currently my turtles will chew a small amount but not eat it all.
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:58 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

my turtle wont go near the cuttlebone when i put it in his tank. i put in about a quarter of one. he swims away from it when it floats near him. any idea how i can get him to want to eat it?
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Post Posted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:32 am   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

He will with time. :)
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Post Posted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:10 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

I agree with V Lou. They seem to be happy to much on it when they need it. If you find he's not eating it, just put in a small chunk once a week or so, (and scoop out the old ones), and when he's feeling the need for it, he's got a fresh piece.
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Post Posted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:51 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

Your turtle will soon love it. My turtle use to hate cuttlebone and never touched it, but now he eats it in seconds when I put it in his tank.
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Post Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:52 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

Can hatchlings eat this? If so how little should I make them? I have 2 so I should probe put 2 in so they don't fight. So a cuttle bone is the exact as a turtle bone?
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Post Posted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:58 am   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

carolyn17603 wrote:Can hatchlings eat this? If so how little should I make them? I have 2 so I should probe put 2 in so they don't fight. So a cuttle bone is the exact as a turtle bone?


Cuttle bone is the same as turtle bone, just cheaper :) Just break the cuttlebone into small pieces, the size of their heads and throw it in the tank. They'll bite at it when they want :)
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Post Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:43 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

How do you attach the veggie clip to the tank? I have had the cuttlebone floating in my turtles tank. This was really good information since i had no idea how to give it to my turtle.
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