Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Boston, United States
Turtle keepers: ever made your own turtle food?
I remember doing this once when I was in high school, based off a recipe that I probably found in one of the herp journals. Haven't been able to turn up much through some quick searches, but I do remember the general basis of the recipe.
Essentially it involved grinding up protein and veggies in a food processor, mixing in some reptile supplement and bone meal, and then using an unflavored gelatin to bind the combination. You poured the mixture into a large tray and let it set overnight, then cut into bite size cubes and froze until needed. I seem to remember my turtles absolutely devouring this stuff, and it made feeding them much easier as it was less messy.
I can't remember all the specifics, but here is some stuff I came up with off the top of my head:
- Shrimp / Crawfish
- Lean beef or beef heart
Veggies: (would fruits also be good? Apples and such?)
- Dandelions and wild grasses
I guess at that point it would just be a matter of figuring out how large a serving size is and then calculating how much supplement to add. Unfortunately I've missed the right time of year here in New England to go out and gather wild plants (not that there are a ton here in Boston either), but I think I will still give this a try. If all works out and the turtle is pleased, I'll be sure to post a more specific recipe!
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