What Do Yellow Belly Slider Turtles Eat?

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Yellow belly slider turtles eat small fish, frogs and other aquatic species as well as aquatic plants found in their habitats. The diet of yellow belly slider turtles changes as they age, with juveniles being primarily carnivores and adults eating mostly aquatic vegetation.

Yellow belly slider turtles are a member of the Trachemys scripta species and have similar nutritional habits to red-eared sliders and painted turtles. Because the yellow belly slider turtles are opportunistic omnivores, they eat whatever they find within their environment, including insects, snails, small vertebrates, algae, weeds and even aquatic snakes.

Yellow belly slider turtles prefer freshwater habitats like lakes, rivers, streams, ditches, ponds and swamps. The turtles can be found in North America, Africa, Europe and Asia. This wide range of acceptable environments provides ample nutritional resources. The turtles can live to be 40 years old with proper nutrition and environment. Like many other turtles, yellow belly slider turtles eat most of the time that they are awake. Because turtles do not produce heat, they bask in sunlight to bring their body temperature to at least 16 degrees Celsius, which facilitates proper digestion. Yellow belly slider turtles hibernate in mud or dead logs on the bottom of lakes and streams during the cold months.