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Turtle food

I kinda want to vary my painted turtles diet and I have a few questions about what the can eat:
1. Cat food?
2. Apples?
3. Dandelion greens?
4. Rose petals?
Also, could dried milk (the water evaporated) be used as a calcium supplement?
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I feed my sliders a combination of foods, who wants to eat the thing everyday?

I feed them
Night crawlers
Cat food (occasionally)
Feeder fish
Cut up shad guts
Hot dogs (occasionally)
Floating turtle sticks
Plant cuttings

I've never tried evaporated milk

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I know someone who raises Box turtles and they mostly get canned dog food. They do get some variety by way of disgarded veggies. Knowing a couple of farmers helps in that aria and most veggies won't do for your
type of turtle anyway but I mentioned the canned dog food because I once asked him about the cat food and I was told it has too high of a protein content.

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I feed mine a variety of every kind of commercially available food; Hakari, Zoo-Med, Zilla, Wardly, Reptomin. I've tried everything, he never seemed to care for veggies, live food, shrimp, worms etc.... I recently got a bag of the new Hakari sticks (the dark green bag) and they are a big hit lol. I've had him for going on 10 years, he's as healthy as a horse!

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do not feed cat food unless you want abnormal scutes....ask yourself, do turtles eat catfood in nature?
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what do you mean abnormal scutes? how are they abnormal?

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pyramiding, i've seen 75% of all turtles and tortoises owned with some amount of pyramiding. this is due to an excessive amount of calcium and protein. in nature, there is not an easy way to have food, therefore causing scutes to pyramid on top of each other creating a pyramid effect. i attached a picture.

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okay. does that shorten their lifespan?
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Adult aquatic turtles will need more greens in their diet. Just feed them trimmings from your planted tanks. Fasting growing floaters like frog bit is great too.

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i dont see it shortening their lifespan, but for their overall health and wellbeing, yeah it will effect it. i'd recommend staying as natural as possible. leafy greens, feeder fish (not goldfish) ghost shrimp (yes live shrimp, very cheap and makes the turtle work for food, increasing it's natural hunting skills), floating pellets, worms (i use freeze dried bloodworms), and well....anything a turtle would eat in nature.

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Adult aquatic turtles will need more greens in their diet. Just feed them trimmings from your planted tanks. Fasting growing floaters like frog bit is great too.
i keep my turtle tank planted, so if any plants get eaten, they can just grow back.
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Okay. Currently i am feeding my turtle pellets, lettuce, dandelions, dry shrimp, and feeder fish. that good? i give her more greens than protein.
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I've heard some people like to feed wheat germ too http://www.hikariusa.com/diets/koi/hikari-wheat-germ/

I've never tried it but it might help to mix in with your regular pellet food.

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Okay. Currently i am feeding my turtle pellets, lettuce, dandelions, dry shrimp, and feeder fish. that good? i give her more greens than protein.
thats perfect! i'd probably use red lead lettuce as oppose to iceberg, the more fiber, and less water, the better. the turtles will drink the aquarium water if their thirsty, which is kinda cool to watch
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okay. Thank you so much!
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throw some thanks around man! we got you
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