As a red eared slider lover, I know that you may want to look for new types of foods to feed our pets. Apart from their common food and commercial pallet, there is a question has always intrigued us the most: What human food can I feed my red eared slider turtle?
Turtles are omnivores which means they can eat pretty much everything. But, before feeding your pets with any human food, you have to ensure that they are safe to eat the same food we consume on a daily basis. It is our responsibility to provide them best red eared slider food.
You may realize that your slider love to eat fish. Fish are their primary source of quality protein and they also have numerous advantages as they contain omega 3 fatty acids, they are rich in calcium and phosphorus, and importantly they are a good source of minerals.
So treating your pet turtle to a small fish snack every now and then is a good idea. growing turtles need the vitamins and nutrients that can be found in feeder fish livers. However, you also have to careful with what kind of fish you are feeding your slider.
Some type of fish that contain high level of fats can lead to vitamin E deficiency in turtles. Some safest type of fish to give your turtles are bluegills, crappies, and bass.
Fruit is absolutely good food to feed your slider as it helps improve slider’s overall health and reduce the risk of disease. Fruit is not only rich of vitamins and minerals, but they are also high in fiber, as well. You just need to ensure always washing the fruits before you give it to the turtle and chopping fruit before feeding them.
If you offer any fruit at all, limit it to very small quantities as a special treat. This is because fruit isn’t a natural staple in the red-eared sliders diet and it may cause diarrhea.
Meat is rich of protein, which is an essential nutrient, highly necessary especially for younger sliders. Even though meat is good for turtles, there are also disadvantages from meat. Feeding too much meat and over-protein can post a rick of metabolic bone disease for slider. It’s caused by too much protein and not enough calcium in the turtle diet. The protein contents can also contribute to kidney disease in your turtle. Use meat as very occasional treats in a feeding tank.
Vegetables is one of the staple food in red eared slider diet. Especially for adult slider, where vegetables should make a majority of their diet. There are not lots of rules when feeding vegetables, you just should not give them vegetables that don’t have nutritional value.