Turtles are reptiles and this means that they are cold blooded animals. Turtles lay their eggs on land and they breathe air. However, most people have seen turtles, but they do not know what do turtles eat. This can cause a problem especially if you have a turtle as a pet.
Before trying to feed a turtle, figure out what is the species of the turtle. Based on this you can figure out what do turtles eat. Usually in the wild, and in captivity, the habitat of the turtle decides what diet the turtle lives on. For instance, a map turtle likes to eat meat, while the river cooter turtle prefers to eat plants. The American box turtle is a not choosy about what it eats, and will be happy with meat as well as plants. If you check out the Chinese 3 striped box turtle, it lives primarily on meat, while the red eared slider eats bugs and worms as a juvenile and then eats plants and meat as an adult.
If you have a pet turtle, then it best to copy its natural diet as far as possible. In the wild, turtles vary their diet depending on the season, so you too should try to vary your pet's diet. However, make sure that your pet turtle is getting sufficient amounts of Vitamin D3, phosphorus and calcium. For these minerals, you can feed your turtle crushed oyster shells, boiled and crushed eggshells, cuttlebone and plaster block. Make sure that your turtle spends time in sunlight to make Vitamin D3. This will help the turtle absorb the calcium that it gets through its food.
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