Forbidden food for Turtles

As many people think, the diet of a turtle cannot be satisfied with lettuce leaves alone. On Turtle Store, we tell you that these reptiles need a balanced and varied diet in order to grow up healthy and strong.

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However, this does not mean that you can give your turtle anything to eat  because some foods can   be dangerous for them. That's why in this article  from PlanèteAnimal, we're going to give you a list of foods that are forbidden to turtles. Stay.

The proper diet for your turtle will depend a lot on the species to which it belongs. Among land turtles, there are several varieties with varying nutritional requirements. Nevertheless, we can give you general recommendations to ensure that your turtle's diet is as balanced as possible.

Offering mixed meals, with different types of vegetables, small portions of fruit and some extra supplements is ideal, not only to meet the turtle's dietary needs but also so that it does not get used to a single flavor and then refuses to eat anything else because the refusal of the "culinary test" can result extremely counterproductive for its development.

In the rest of this article on Forbidden food for Turtles, we will share with you the list of foods prohibited and those to be given only in small quantities and rarely:


1- Legumes and seeds

All legumes and seeds are prohibited for turtles, such as beans, flageolets, corn, rice, beans, lentils, chickpeas, ...etc. These foods should never be offered to your tortoise, either in natural form or contained in cookies or other foods.

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2- plants and vegetables

These food groups must constitute 90% of the diet of the tortoise. However, not all vegetables or other plants are suitable for them. Here is the list to avoid:

  • Beetroot
  • Carrot
  • Zucchini
  • Red- Yellow and Green Pepper
  • Pepper
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach

The consumption of most of these foods can lead to obesity, nutritional deficiencies or even liver disease. Lettuce, although not harmful, should be offered occasionally and it is better to use wild herbs and some types of flowers instead.

Vegetables and plantes_turtle Store 3- Fruits

Although fruits should be part of the diet of turtles, it is recommended to add only 10% of them to the daily food portion. In addition, some fruits are prohibited for turtles, such as:

  • Banana
  • Dates
  • Raisins
  • Peach
  • Kiwifruit
  • Granada
  • Apricots

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4- Mushrooms

A small mushroom dish can be very tempting for us, but for your turtle, it is a disaster. You should never give mushrooms to a turtle, no matter what type of mushrooms it is. Not only are they difficult for them to digest, but some can also be toxic.

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5- Sugars

Under no circumstances should you feed your turtle food containing a large amount of sugar. That's why you need to reduce the fruit portions to 10% and remove yourself from the idea of giving him cookies or any other type of candy!

Why is sugar bad for turtles? Well, turtle stomach bacteria are only able to digest small amounts of sugar, and that's why excessive ingestion would destroy all these bacteria, causing potentially fatal poisoning to the animal.

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6- Products of Animal origins

  • Mediterranean land turtles should not consume any type of animal product,
  • Tropical turtles need it in the form of snails, earthworms or insects. In addition, the portion to be given to tropical turtles must be small, 5% of the total diet.

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7- Dog or Cat food

Many people recommend giving dog food to turtles to supplement their diet, however, this is a mistake. Indeed, the vitamins and minerals in this type of food have been formulated for dogs and not for turtles, so these supplements could be harmful to these reptiles instead of providing them with benefits and would eventually create nutritional deficiencies or excess.

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BONUS : Main food-related problems

Croquettes for turtles should not be the main food in their diet as they do not contain the necessary nutrients. Ideally, a homemade, natural diet and occasional feeding of kibble should be administered.

Overeating is generally the main problem that many pet turtles are familiar with. Overeating can make turtles obese and lead to serious health problems and shell deformation. Consult your veterinarian frequently about the frequency and amount of food your turtle needs, depending on its age and the species to which it belongs.

That's it, it's over for our article on forbidden foods to turtles, if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave us a comment at the bottom of this page!

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