Feeding and Nutrition :: Am I starving my turtle?

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:27 pm   Am I starving my turtle?

Hi,
I have a 7" dia female that has been fed zoomed aquatic turtle pellets for probably 8 yrs...Ive had her since she was a baby... I feed her about the amount based on on the size of her head...3 times a week...Monday, Wednesday, and Friday...This summer she has been a lot more active in the 55 gal aquarium, including laying 2 separate clutches of eggs , within the last couple of months..This a first..She usually lays once a year..Within the last, I guess month or so, when I go to touch her, she bites me...I noticed that she was picking debris out of the rock bottom so I assumed she was hungry. Therefore, i would give her another scoop of food and sure enough, she ate it...I'm just concerned that I may be overfeeding her...Thoughts?
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:51 am   Re: Am I starving my turtle?

It sounds like enough pellets but what else are you feeding her? She should be getting veggies every day.
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:41 am   Re: Am I starving my turtle?

I have only been feeding her the pellets....what kind of vegetables?
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:34 am   Re: Am I starving my turtle?

Carrots, lettuce and they like fruit mine love bananas and strawberries

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:12 am   Re: Am I starving my turtle?

Thank you so much!!
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:12 pm   Re: Am I starving my turtle?

Wow! Thank God he came to the forum! Poor turtle hasn't had any vegetables in 8 years :(
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:46 pm   Re: Am I starving my turtle?

I have a 55 gal aquarium with w floating dock...are they any particular types of plants that I could add that are edible?
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:11 pm   Re: Am I starving my turtle?

Taken from this post: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=5


VEGETABLES **all rinsed thoroughly**

Romaine Lettuce
Mustard leaves
Leaves of Radish
Collard Greens
Tomatoes (must be considered a rarity. too acidic to be a regular staple)
Carrot
Turnip
Sweet Potato (cooked - boiled/ steamed/baked)
Peas (occasionally - once a month max)
Pumpkin
Squashes

FRUITS **no more than once a month**
Papaya
Mango
Watermelon
Cantaloupe/Common Melon
Grapes (remove skin so its easier for them to pick at )
Apple
Pear
Strawberry
Figs
Banana

WATER PLANTS **rinsed thoroughly**
Anacharis
Water Lily
Duckweed
Water Hyacinth
Hornwort

LIVE PREY
Feeder Fish (guppies, rosey red minnows)
mealworms (no more than once a week as they're very high in protein)
mosquito larvae
crickets (preferably gutloaded)
cockroaches
apple snails or other water snails

Getting Calcium
cuttlebone (found in any pet store in the bird section - peel off the hard backing first, as they can't digest it)
Calcium Dusting (you can crush cuttlebone for this)
Calcium blocks

Getting Vitamin A (Great for eyes ..especially if they are puffy)
green leafy vegetables
carrot
squash
cod liver oil
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