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Adopting a new pet is exciting, especially if you get to bond with them from when they’re a baby! Knowing how to care for your baby red-eared slider is essential to their survival early on, as they are very fragile animals in their first year or so of life. Although most of their care needs are the same as those for adult red-eared sliders, baby turtles have a few extra special requirements, like additional vitamin supplements and a mostly animal protein-based diet to facilitate their growth.
Thankfully, this guide will cover everything you need to know to keep your baby red-eared slider healthy! Read on as I cover the basics, like enclosure size and setup, as well as some lesser-known care tips.
What Enclosure is Best For a Baby Red-Eared Slider?Baby red-eared sliders can be kept in a small starter enclosure, but they prefer having at least 75 gallons of space.
For baby red-eared sliders, a 30 to 50-gallon tank is sufficient while the turtle is less than 6 inches long. However, keep in mind that sliders grow very quickly and reach their adult size within only a year or two. Many turtles also continue growing well into their adulthood! You’ll need a much larger enclosure, or at least 75 to 100 gallons, for a full-sized slider.
You have two options when it comes to enclosure sizes for a baby red-eared slider. Depending on your slider’s exact age, they are likely somewhere between 3 and 5 inches long. You could potentially place the baby turtle in a smaller, temporary enclosure until they reach their full size, and then transfer them to a larger tank later. Alternatively, you could simply buy a full-sized enclosure and place your baby slider in it from the start.
There’s a common misconception in the reptile hobbyist community that baby reptiles become overwhelmed by very large enclosures. However, this is actually not the case with the vast majority of species, including red-eared sliders! In fact, baby reptiles typically enjoy having extra space to roam around.
I highly recommend going ahead and buying a 75 to 100-gallon enclosure rather than buying a temporary setup and switching later. While it seems like you’ll save money early on by buying a less expensive tank, you’ll need a larger setup much sooner than you think!
There are a few different enclosure styles on the market that are suitable for red-eared sliders. These include standard rectangular glass aquariums, more elaborate custom builds, and even indoor and outdoor ponds. All are excellent choices, as long as they have plenty of space, adequate warmth and humidity, and lots of clean water.
Setting Up a Baby Red-Eared Slider HabitatAdequate warmth for basking is necessary for your baby slider’s growth and development.
Once you’ve chosen a suitable enclosure, it’s time to properly furnish it so it’s ready for your new pet. For a baby red-eared slider habitat, you’ll need the following supplies:
- Heat/basking lighting
- UVB lighting (5%+ to 10% output is highly recommended)
- Substrate (ideally large, smooth river rocks or gravel)
- Temperature and humidity gauges
- A high-quality water filter
- Minimal decorations (plants, rocks, hides, etc. )
What’s great about this particular setup is it’s also perfectly suitable for an adult red-eared slider! Most, if not all, of the supplies you’ll need to care for a baby red-eared slider are also necessary for an adult’s enclosure.
However, the arrangement of your decor, rocks, substrate, and even the water level are particularly important when it comes to baby turtles! Baby sliders are very fragile and can become injured easily by falls or even if their water is too deep, cold, or hot.
Make sure your slider has plenty of access to platforms, shallow areas, and rocks so they can emerge from the water without a struggle while they’re still learning to swim. The water’s deepest point should only be about twice as deep as the length of your slider’s entire body.
As far as temperature and humidity go, babies also mostly require the same settings as adult sliders. An 85F to 95F air temperature, 75F to 85F water temperature, and a humidity level of around 75% is ideal. Having at least one, if not two, temperature and humidity gauges is a good idea to monitor and prevent any significant fluctuations.
Finally, keep the water as clean as possible and check your water filter often. Baby turtles are incredibly susceptible to illnesses while their immune systems are still developing. A clean enclosure free of any harmful bacteria is absolutely essential to your baby red-eared slider’s care and overall health.
What Do Baby Red-Eared Sliders Eat?Baby red-eared sliders need to eat lots of animal protein to grow big and strong.
Red-eared sliders are omnivorous, so they prefer to eat a combination of plant and animal matter. However, baby sliders require more animal protein compared to plant matter to facilitate their growth and development early on. They especially enjoy eating the following feeder insects, arthropods, and invertebrates:
- Small fish
As far as plant matter goes, the following vegetables are all great choices:
- Dark, leafy greens (Collard, turnip, dandelion, mustard, etc. )
- Green beans
- Bell peppers
Finally, a small amount of the following fruits are safe as occasional treats:
Additionally, baby red-eared sliders must eat more frequently than adults due to their rapid metabolisms at such a young age. While adult turtles only need to eat two or three times a week, babies should eat once per day. Once your turtle is six months old, you can start feeding them less frequently, or about every other day.
A good rule of thumb is to feed your slider as much as they will eat within a 10 to 15-minute period. Keep their food items small, or at least smaller than the width of the space between their eyes. This will minimize the risk of choking and impaction.
It’s also a good idea to buy a calcium and vitamin D3 supplement for your slider’s meals. These vitamin supplements are beneficial to most reptiles’ bone and muscle growth and development. Most supplements for reptiles are powdered so you can easily sprinkle them atop any animal or plant matter.
When Should Your Slider See a Veterinarian?Make sure your baby turtle sees a reptile veterinarian at least once within their first year of life, even if they don’t show any signs of illness or injury!
Once you’ve brought your red-eared slider home and set up their enclosure, they should see a reptile veterinarian as soon as possible. I recommend a check-up at least once a year, though twice a year is even better for baby sliders if you can afford it.
Since baby red-eared sliders are so fragile and prone to illnesses and injuries, seeing a veterinarian at the first sign of trouble is crucial. It’s also a good idea to keep at least $500 on hand for potential medical emergencies. But don’t just wait until your turtle starts displaying troublesome symptoms to get them veterinary attention! An annual or biannual check-up can help you spot potential illnesses early on before they become severe (and more expensive to treat).
Common health issues include respiratory infections, parasite infestations, and calcium deficiencies. These can all be prevented with a hygienic enclosure setup, a nutritious diet, and correct temperature and humidity settings. Of course, the keen eye and guidance of a reptile veterinarian is also very valuable!
Most importantly, keep a close watch on your pet’s day-to-day behavior. Sick reptiles tend to not show their symptoms until their situation becomes dire. This is mostly a self-defense mechanism to prevent themselves from looking weak to potential predators. Even if your slider trusts you, they may still hide their symptoms out of instinct if they become ill.
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8 Tips For Feeding & Caring For Baby Red Eared Sliders
A red eared slider is a fun, unique, and interesting pet. They are one of the most popular pet turtles in the world.
Baby red eared sliders are one of the cutest reptiles, it is tempting to get one as a pet. But before you do, take time to consider the care and feeding needs of these tiny turtles. Hatchlings start life no bigger than the size of a quarter!
It is possible to buy this turtle species in the United States. But, selling and buying turtles under four inches long is illegal.
If you have your heart set on a baby red eared slider, continue reading. We discuss the best feeding and husbandry tips for raising a healthy, happy turtle. We also share how to spot a good breeder and where to find one…
Table of Contents
- 1. Buyer’s Guide
- 2. Baby Red Eared Slider Habitat
- 3. Baby Red Eared Slider Tank Setup
- 4. How To Care For Baby Red Eared Slider Turtles
- 5. Baby Red Eared Slider Diet
- 6. Why Is My Red Eared Slider Turtle Not Eating?
- 7. Is My Turtle Male or Female?
- 8. Handling
1. Buyer’s GuideMany irresponsible owners have released their pets into the wild. It is considered to be invasive in many states.
Baby Red Eared Sliders can be found for sale at many reptile expos or from private breeders online.
We do not recommend taking a baby slider from the wild, especially if they are not invasive in your area. Wild red eared sliders often do not live as long as pet species. They are also more likely to carry parasites and disease.
When looking for a breeder, you will want to find one with good reviews and a high standard of husbandry and knowledge. Look for a breeder who is transparent and is willing to respond to questions. Don’t be afraid to reach out to several potential sellers to compare their responses.
Avoid any breeder offering to sell a baby under four inches in length. Responsible breeders will only sell young adults or older juveniles.
The sale of turtles under four inches long is illegal in the United States, and has been since 1975.
Purchasing a healthy baby turtle will increase the chances of it growing into a heathy adult.
You will also need to decide on what morph of slider you want.
The most common red eared slider baby is the wild-type. Most wild-type sliders sell for $30 to $60. Private breeders sell specialty morphs like hypo pastel, albino, ghost, leucistic and piebald too. Rarer morphs like caramel and charcoal are sold for $1,000.
Why Are Baby Red-Eared Sliders Illegal?
The Food and Drug Administration outlawed the sale of all small turtles under four inches in size. This is because of the increased risk of a person contracting salmonella from these tiny reptiles.
A hatchling turtle’s small size makes it much more likely for young children to kiss it, or handle it without washing their hands. This leads to them contracting salmonella.
While baby turtles are more likely to cause salmonella outbreaks, turtles of all ages can carry this type of bacteria. There is no way to tell whether or not an individual turtle can make you sick. It is best to always wash your hands after handling it or any of its tank décor.
2. Baby Red Eared Slider Habitat
Baby red eared sliders need a proper and safe habitat to stay healthy and happy. Before getting a turtle make sure you can provide them with everything in the list below:
- Controlled Temperature: Baby red eared sliders are sensitive to sudden changes in temperature. Drops in temperature can cause pneumonia. Before adding your turtle to its tank, make sure the temperatures are holding steady in their normal range.
- Omnivorous Diet: Baby sliders eat vegetation, moths, earthworms, crustaceans, tadpoles, snails, and any other small animal they can catch in the wild. Their diet is not limited to one thing, so you should not feed them just one prey. A varied diet is both nutritionally and mentally enriching. It also helps them to get a full range of vitamins.
- Clean Water: Young red eared sliders need very clean water for swimming and drinking. Use an aquarium pump to circulate and filter tank water. You should also test the water once a week for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels.
- Stress-Free Tank: Even if their tank setup is perfect, your baby red ear can still become stressed if the environment around the tank is too noisy or busy. Keep your turtle’s enclosure in a calm, quiet room that is out of the reach of dogs, cats, or small children. Your slider will spend much less time hiding and more time basking, swimming, and exploring if it feels safe in its surroundings.
- Tank mates: Sliders can share a tank with fish, but this adds some extra challenges for tank cleanliness and turtle health. Babies should generally not be kept with any fish larger than guppies. However, for first time keepers, we would avoid keeping tank mates.
3. Baby Red Eared Slider Tank Setup
For every inch of your turtle’s shell length you will need to provide them with a minimum of 10 gallons of space. For adult sliders, this can mean purchasing a tank up to 120-gallons.
Because these turtles grow fast, you may want to consider buying an adult-sized tank to save money. While it may look strange to have a baby turtle in a 100+ gallon tank, your turtle will quickly grow to fill it.
Sliders are aquatic and need clean, chemical-free water to swim in.
Fill the tank with water at least twice as deep as your baby’s shell. Even as hatchlings, red eared sliders are excellent swimmers, you don’t need to worry about them drowning.
Though they love water, sliders also need land for basking and drying out.
The land area should cover no more than a third of the tank’s surface area. It should be large enough for your turtle to move around on.
Baby red eared sliders bask in direct sunlight in the wild. As pets, this is usually not possible as glass or plastic tanks should never be placed in direct sunlight. Instead, heat and light bulbs are used to mimic sunlight.
Turtles need both UVB and UVA lighting to stay healthy and active.
Use an ultraviolet fluorescent bulb to provide your baby slider with plenty of UV light. The light source should be securely suspended 24 inches above your turtle’s basking platform. It should also not be blocked by plastic or glass as this will filter out the UV.
Baby sliders also need a heat bulb. This can be in the form of a ceramic heater or heat lamp, as long as it warms the air and basking spot.
They thrive in water and ambient air temperatures of between 75°F and 85°F. Basking temperatures on the surface of the basking spot should be 90 to 95°F.
Monitor water, surface, and air temperatures with a thermometer to keep your baby red eared slider healthy.
Why Is My Baby Red-Eared Slider Not Basking?
Baby sliders will not bask for two reasons:
- They can’t reach the basking platform.
- The water and air temperatures are not correct.
A basking platform needs to be easily accessible, stable, and dry. Use a gently sloping ramp from the water to the basking spot to help your turtle reach the platform.
Even if they can reach the basking spot, turtles will not bask if the water temperatures are too high and/or the air and basking temperatures are too low.
4. How To Care For Baby Red Eared Slider TurtlesBabies are more likely to get sick because of their developing immune system.
Caring for a baby red eared slider is different than caring for an adult slider.
Adult sliders are hardy, but babies are more susceptible to illnesses.
Young and older species will need a large tank (with land and water), an omnivorous diet (plant and meat) and warm temperatures. However, the immune systems of baby sliders are still immature. This makes them more sensitive to their environment.
Baby sliders need smaller temperature ranges, more frequent feeding and a very clean tank.
Frequent tank cleaning, consistent temperature checks, and a quality diet are the best ways to prevent a sick turtle. Creating a care schedule is a great idea for new turtle owners.
|Feed, spot clean
|Feed, spot clean and check temperatures
|Feed, spot clean and handle turtle to check health
|Feed, spot clean
|Feed, spot clean and check temperatures
|Feed, spot clean
|Feed, partial water change, check water quality
Schedules are helpful for keeping up with cleaning, feeding, checking temperatures and water quality. Sticking to a schedule reduces stress and makes caring for your baby slider much easier. It also provides stability for your turtle.
The most important part of caring for a new slider is cleanliness.
Sliders create a lot of waste, mostly in their swimming area. If not cleaned properly, dirty water will increase the risk of illness, infections, and even sudden death. Water that looks clear may still be high in the toxic ammonia and nitrites caused by decaying food and waste.
To keep their tank clean scoop out any uneaten food or visible waste every day. Every week use a gravel vacuum to remove 25% of the tank’s water. This water should be replaced with fresh, treated water. Test the water weekly to monitor levels of nitrates, nitrites and ammonia. Ammonia and nitrites should be 0, while nitrates should be 40 parts per million or below.
Baby red eared sliders are known to get sick quickly. They are more likely to develop infections.
It helps to be able to spot any injuries or unusual behaviors early on. Their small size can make it difficult to spot injuries, but some common signs are:
- Refusing to eat
- Dull eyes or shell
- Loose droppings
- Patches on the shell
You can also pay attention to your slider’s behavior. Knowing if your turtle is acting differently will help you catch health and husbandry issues before they become serious.
Before bringing home your baby slider, make sure you are prepared with the right setup and equipment.
It is best to have your slider’s tank up and running at least four weeks before bringing it home. This will let you cycle the tank and control temperature and filtration properly.
5. Baby Red Eared Slider DietAdults and babies eat the same food items, but the ratio of meat to plant and feeding frequency is different.
Baby red eared sliders are voracious eaters and should be fed every day.
A major difference between adult and baby red eared sliders is their diet:
- Adults eat primarily a 50/50 balance of plants to meat.
- Babies and juveniles need a 30/70 ratio of plants to meat.
One quarter of your baby slider’s protein content should come from commercial turtle food pellets. The rest should be made up of live or pre-killed animal prey. For plants, avoid water-based vegetables with low nutritional value (e.g. cucumbers, celery, and iceberg lettuce).
Here is a good list of high-protein and nutritious foods that are safe for a baby slider:
|Meat / Protein
The key to a healthy diet is variety.
Rotate food items throughout the week to provide a full range of vitamins. This will also provide enrichment and keep your slider from getting bored.
Baby red eared sliders grow quickly and need to eat more often than adults.
Feed them a portion of food the size of their head. This will be around a full tablespoon for a four inch turtle. Feed them every day until they reach six months of age, after which you can then switch to feeding every other day.
To prevent choking make sure all food is cut into bite-sized pieces. A good rule of thumb is to make sure food pieces are no larger than the distance between their eyes.
They prefer to feed in the water rather than on land.
Feeding is simple, just drop their pellets and food in to the tank.
If you are feeding in the main tank then scoop out any uneaten food after 10 minutes.
Some keepers choose to feed their slider in a separate tank. This helps to avoid making the water dirty in the main tank.
6. Why Is My Red Eared Slider Turtle Not Eating?
It is very common for a baby red eared slider to refuse food during the first three days. This is due to the stress of being introduced to a new environment.
After four days most baby sliders will start eating again.
If your slider still isn’t eating after a week, or has suddenly stopped eating, the first things you should check is:
- Is the water clean?
- Are the lights on a consistent schedule?
- Is the tank in a quiet and safe area?
- Are the temperatures in the correct range?
If the tank setup is correct then move on to check your turtle’s food.
It may be that your slider simply doesn’t like the food you are offering. You can try feeding cooked chicken or beef heart to stimulate its appetite.
7. Is My Turtle Male or Female?
In very young turtles it can be difficult to accurately determine their gender.
Determining the gender of a baby red eared slider is usually more important to breeders. However, any turtle owner can become curious as to what sex their new turtle is. If you want to know whether your slider is a male or female, there are a few tips you can use.
- Females’ plastrons are flat (i.e. the bottom of the shell).
- Males’ plastrons are concave (i.e. curves in towards the spine).
- The vent of a female is closer to the edge of the shell.
- The vent of a male is farther down the tail, positioned away from the body.
- Males have a thicker, longer tail than females.
- The front claws of male sliders grow much longer than females’ claws. During courtship, males will wiggle their long claws in a female’s face to get her attention.
The differences between males and females will become more obvious as they age.
Once your red eared slider reaches two years old, if it is male, it will be fully mature and have all the typical male features. Females won’t mature until they reach five years of age. This is the same for yellow bellied sliders too.
It can be hard to sex a baby red eared slider based on physical characteristics.
The best and most accurate way for finding the gender of a turtle is asking the breeder what temperature the eggs were incubated at. The gender of the hatchlings is determined by the incubation temperature. Eggs incubated at 79°F will all hatch as males, while those incubated at 88°F will all hatch as females. If incubated in between, some will be male and some female.
A red eared slider baby should be handled only when necessary. Turtles are usually not adaptable to being held, it can cause stress.
The best way to hold a baby red eared slider is to use your thumb and first finger on each hand in a pinching style. Have one hand on either side of the turtle and your thumbs on the bottom of the shell. Never squeeze your turtle or use more force than is necessary.
Limit the time you hold a baby red eared slider to five minutes.
There are few pets cuter than a baby red eared slider.
Remember that before buying this species, it should be over four inches in size. Buying or selling turtles smaller than four inches is against the law.
If you do decide to care for a baby red eared slider, keep in mind that they are sensitive to water quality and temperature. Clean your baby’s tank weekly to maintain pristine water conditions.
They thrive in water and ambient air temperatures of between 75°F and 85°F. Basking temperatures should be 90 to 95°F.
These turtles also need a varied diet of mostly protein to stay healthy. Feed them a portion of food the size of their head every day and rotate food items.
With the right care a baby red eared slider will keep you entertained for decades.
Let us know your best care tips below.
What should I feed the little red-eared turtles?
The main question that arises in the newly minted owner of the red-eared turtle: what to feed such an exotic pet? Providing a young individual with food requires a serious approach. From how correctly you make up the diet of your pet, its activity, health and life expectancy directly depend. Let's look at what you need to feed a small red-eared turtle at home.
Juveniles are usually given only food of animal origin. Approximately 70% of the diet should consist of small, lean fish and 30% of:
- of the offal
- Small Snails
- CREMICS 9,000
If possible, treat your pet to live guppy aquarium fish. In general, fish is very useful for the growing organism of the red-eared.
What is the best fish to feed the little red-eared turtle? nine0031
As already mentioned, the fish should be lean. It can be pollock, blue whiting, hake, cod, navaga, perch and carp. Give the fish finely chopped and with small bones. For large fish, remove the costal bones. Raw or boiled fish to give reptiles? Here experts have not come to a consensus. Some believe that the fish should only be raw, while others insist that it should be boiled. In our opinion, it is not necessary to boil the fish. It is enough to pour boiling water over it.
Twice a week, it is recommended to add bone meal (available at the pet store) or crushed eggshells to the red-eared food. nine0003
Dry food for small red-eared turtles
Dry food for turtles cannot get enough nutrients. It can be given to turtles from time to time if it is not possible to organize a natural meal. But in no case should a reptile's diet consist of store-bought food alone. The red-eared must receive vitamins and microelements from natural food. Constant feeding of a pet with semi-finished products negatively affects digestion, metabolism, which can eventually lead to various diseases. nine0003
What not to feed little red-eared turtles
It is not recommended to give large quantities of fatty fish and fatty meat (lamb, pork). It is strictly forbidden to offer turtles food from the human table (boiled and fried food, sausage, bread, etc. ). It is forbidden to give reptiles dry food and vitamins for cats, dogs and other mammals.
Little red-eared turtles, like adults, should not be fed hot or too cold food. If the turtle dinner has been stored in the refrigerator, let it sit at room temperature for a while. You can not give food directly from the refrigerator. nine0003
If adult turtles are fed once every 2-3 days, then young turtles under the age of two years - once a day. Feed is given in the morning or afternoon. The amount of food depends on the activity of the young reptile. The serving volume is recommended to be calculated so that the red-haired woman eats food within 15-20 minutes, leaving nothing uneaten. An approximate portion is 2-3 pieces (for example, fish) of 1 cm3.
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What to feed red-eared turtles at home
Food of animal origin
It is recommended to feed red-eared sliders at home with food of an animal species. Its content in the diet should be 70%. These reptiles are very fond of meat products, but preference should be given to beef, horse meat, and poultry. They can also be given fish, seafood, they do not mind eating insects.
If kept in an aquarium, the reptile can be fed meat. But it is better to use non-fatty varieties - beef, rabbit, they will be happy to eat small pieces of chicken. But such types of meat as pork and lamb should not be given, the fact is that these varieties have a high fat content. The use of these varieties can cause disruption of the digestive system. nine0003
What kind of meat food should be fed to a turtle:
- offal should be in the diet - heart, liver, navels;
- lean meat. It can be given raw or boiled. Turtles should be given it in small pieces;
- turtles can be fed with small mice.
Please note! If you constantly give your pet raw meat, this can quickly lead to the development of hypovitaminosis A, as well as to the appearance of rickets. For this reason, several different foods should be included in the diet. nine0003
Fish and seafood
Fish may be used as feed, but must be of a lean variety. But what kind of fish you can feed the reptile will be able to tell the veterinarian.
Before feeding it must be properly prepared:
- First of all, the carcass is descaled;
- Next, take out all the insides and bones;
- The cleaned fillet is cut into small pieces and after that they can be lowered into the aquarium or put in the feeder; nine0008
- It should be borne in mind that the composition of the fish contains the enzyme thiaminase, so before giving it to the turtle, it is better to lower the cleaned fillet into boiling water for several minutes.
In its raw form it is allowed to give a cocktail of sea ingredients. This royal treat usually includes ingredients such as green shrimp, octopus and squid. Feed reptiles with snail meat, this component is considered an excellent addition to the main diet.
Turtles should not be placed in an aquarium together with aquarium fish. Fish such as guppies, swordtails, goldfish, carps, catfish are excellent food for amphibians. nine0003
What can you feed red-eared turtles in the summer at home? These reptiles are very fond of various insects that begin their vigorous activity in the warm season.
The following types of insects can be included in the menu of amphibians:
- reptiles eat grasshoppers with pleasure;
- in order for the reptile to be happy, you can give it not shaggy caterpillars, bloodworms;
- can be included in the mealworm menu, which is sold in many pet stores; nine0008
- be sure to supplement the diet with dried or live gammarus;
- sometimes you can give coretra and daphnia. But during the feeding period, it is recommended to turn off the filter for about 15 minutes.
In order to keep reptiles properly, it is worth including in the menu not only food of the animal species, but also vegetable feed mixtures. Plants can be fed to young and adults, and with age, the amount of this food should become larger. nine0003
When keeping a turtle in an aquarium, the menu must contain the following herbal ingredients:
- Different types of grass. Amphibians should be fed with plantain, clover, leaves and flowers from dandelions, rhubarb. Turtles are especially fond of coltsfoot leaves, germinated grains of oats and barley;
- Reptiles will be happy to eat plums, banana pulp, pear pieces, juicy pitted peach, mango, it is advisable to cut all these fruits into small pieces. You can also give orange, tangerine, pieces of melon pulp; nine0008
- Freshwater animals may eat aquarium vegetation. In the aquarium, you can plant duckweed, spirogyra, water asp, pond algae;
- Be sure to include vegetables in the menu. The most favorite vegetables include sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, pumpkin, radishes, celery, legumes, carrot roots, beets. But white cabbage and other varieties of this vegetable should not be given;
- Once every 7 days, the turtle can be given pieces of mushrooms such as boletus, champignons, russula. nine0008
Important! Is it possible to give reptiles food from the human table (bread, cheese, cottage cheese, sausage, cereals and others)? In no case, it can adversely affect the activity of the organs of the digestive system. Also, do not feed pet food, citrus peels and berries with stones.
What to feed baby turtles
What can I feed my little red-eared turtle in captivity? After all, it is important that the reptile cubs have a full development and good health immediately from the first days. And their well-being directly depends on a balanced diet. nine0003
When compiling a menu for small turtles, the following important recommendations should be considered:
- the diet should consist of balanced and varied components;
- cubs should be given more food of animal origin;
- sea or river fish is considered useful, it should be almost 80% of the menu;
- the remaining 20% must be crustaceans, offal, molluscs, insects;
- guppies, mollies, swordtails can be launched into the aquarium for kids. nine0008
Whether to include mineral and vitamin supplements
Additional vitamin supplements are required for young individuals that are developing bone skeleton, strengthening and building shell. It is during this period that they need an increased level of calcium.
So what additives should be included in the menu of reptiles:
- every day you should add bone meal in ground form to food. A pinch is enough for small turtles, but adults are advised to pour 1 teaspoon into the aquarium every 7 days; nine0008
- you can mix special vitamin products into the feed. Dosages are usually indicated in the instructions;
- in the menu you can include fortified feed mixtures.
How to feed turtles
How to feed red-eared turtles? How many times a day should you feed a red-eared turtle? These questions are of interest to many breeders of these reptiles, but there is no exact answer to them. Everything can depend on the age of the reptile, its body size, the types of feed mixtures that the pets eat. nine0003
But you can take note of some useful recommendations:
- individuals under 1 year old can be given herbal ingredients, you can also include low-fat varieties of fish, meat. They need to be fed every day;
- individuals from 1 year and older can be fed less, usually switching to a diet of 1 time in two days. The amount of food will depend on the size of the reptile.
Knowing what the turtle of this species eats, as well as the rules of feeding, will ensure a long period of life for this reptile in an apartment or house. The pet will be able to please its owner with a healthy and beautiful appearance, as well as an active lifestyle. The main requirement is the correct and thorough care of amphibians. nine0003
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