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Painted turtle diet

Hi guys! I have been messing around with my painted turtles's diet and was wondering if you could tell me if these are good. I have a diet for my adult and my juveniles. For the juvenile I feed

tetra reptomin pellets, tetra colors fish flakes, and hornwort on mondays,
freeze dried tubifex worms blocks and duckweed on wednesday,
tetra color fish flakes and dandelion grees on friday,
treats (ants, snails, shrimp, boiled egg yolk, mealworms, earthworms, fish) on sunday (obviously not all of those foods).
That is 62.5% animal matter and 37.5% plant matter.

I feed my adults

hornwort and duckweed on tuesday
dried carrots and dandelion greens on thursday,
dandelion greens and petco premium turtle pellets
That is 83% plant matter and 16.6% animal matter

I do supplement calcium (cuttlebone and calcium dusting on insects) and I let my turtles walk around in my sun room for 15-45 minutes each day.
I use guppies and fathead minnows as feeder fish, which i have in both tanks.
Is this diet good enough?
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We should all eat so well haha! I think that sounds great.
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Haha! thank you. LOL my paints diet is better than mine
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I suspect your protein levels are a little low; painteds usually do best with 30-40% protein. What subspecies do you have? 88% vegetable matter is generally only found in Southern painted turtle diets; other subspecies are much more carnivorous, even up to 60 or 70% of their diet being prey. It's thought that the Southern painted turtles more herbivorous diet isn't due to preference, but to the difficulty of getting enough prey items to satisfy it's appetite, requiring it to eat more vegetation. Very young turtles, in particular, are almost exclusively carnivorous, eating only 10-15% vegetable matter, gradually increasing until they are adults.

I'd also look at your calcium-to-phosphorous ratio if you are only supplementing calcium once a week, and feeding that many greens. Greens tend to be high in phosphorus and relatively low in calcium. Keep in mind that 30-45 minutes of glass-filtered light will provide little to no functional vitamin D. Please make sure that both the adult and juvenile turtles are supplemented with calcium, and have access to 8-10 hours of UVA/UVB light, either unfiltered sunlight (direct contact, no glass or acrylic) or a good quality bulb. I'd also recommend a good multivitamin once a week.

We have a whole squadron of painteds of various ages at my work; the are fantastic! They have a ton of personality
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I have cuttlebone in there 24/7 and do use UVB. I'll try doing more protein for my adult. They are Midlands
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