Feed young turtles a small amount of food every other day. Adults can be fed every 2or 3 days in late spring and summer. Diet for hatchling box turtles is discussed in the breeding chapter. Regardless of the age of your box turtle, a feeding schedule should be made in advance.
What do box turtles eat in the wild? In the wild, your box turtle would eat whole animals and therefore ingest not only muscles but bones, shells, etc. If you feed your box turtle muscle meat, the box turtle food needs to be sprinkled with calcium to prevent calcium deficiency. (Do not use a supplement that contains phosphorus.)
Feeding Schedule. The younger box turtles need to be feed full meals every day or every other day. However a healthy adult box turtle can be fed meals every 2 – 3 days. On the days they don’t get a full meal you can give them a snack. Make sure they always have access to fresh water. Adjust their feeding based on activity levels and health.
The Yellow Margined and Keeled Box turtles are mainly herbivores and rarely eat meat. You can however feed them snails, insects, worms or fish every third or fourth feeding. Feeding these turtles too much protein can cause them health problems so err on the side of caution and don’t overfeed them protein (90% greens and 10% protein).
If. you are providing care to a baby box turtle, you will need to be sensitive to your baby’s feeding needs. For example, because a baby turtle’s tiny jaws make it difficult or impossible to grasp and swallow a whole worm or snail, you can help by cutting the food into smaller pieces.
Disclaimer: The information on this site is not veterinary advice, and we are not veterinarians. Even box turtle experts don't completely agree on how best to care for these animals or how to best meet their needs. Use your best judgement when using the information on this site, and understand that it is not a substitute for veterinary advice or common sense.
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