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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-24-2005, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Feeding your turtles

Can everyone with turtles tell me how they feed their turtles please.
I used to feed them in a seperate bowl but they would not eat so much so I started to feed them in the tank but it is too messy.

How do you feed them out of their house.
Alone or together?
Put the turtle in or food first?
How much water?
What size bowl?
Many thanx in advance

Oh at what age is a turtle an adult?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-24-2005, 07:32 PM
 
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Whenever I feed my turtles seperately I usually use a rubbermaid container. It just has to be big enough to give them a little bit of swimming room.

The water is probably best if it is deep enough for them to be able to touch the bottom with their toes when they eat. You don't want it to be too shallow because this could cause them to be uncomfortable and feel unsafe.

Use lukewarm water that is close in temperature to the water of the tank. Sudden changes in water temperature can be shocking to a turtle's system.

Unless your turtle is taught that this is the way to eat from birth it may have difficulty getting used to this method of eating outside the tank. It may take a couple of tries for the turtle to get used to the change and begin to trust you if you stay nearby while it eats.

A turtle is generally considered an adult when it reaches sexual maturity. This can happen at different ages within the same species so there is no set age.
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When I used to feed them in an outside bowl I used to put warm water in about 2" coz they were little then and then leave them alone.
Sometimes they ate other times they did not and I was worried for them so that is why I started putting the food in the tank.
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How do you feed them out of their house.
-my old turtles live outside the house (though within the confines of our garden) so basically they're free roamers so what we do is that daily we leave fresh food on a particular bowl together with a "turtle tub" with fresh water where they could drink from and "swim" eventually. The turtles only come out in the open to soak an d to basically feed.

Alone or together?
-we have only one food bowl for all turtles... (imagine a big plant pot "tray") where all the four oldies could eat

Put the turtle in or food first?
-my four twelve years oldies are free roamers so we just leave the food and water

How much water?
-water is placed on a 12 inches by 24 inches plastic container about an inch deep filled with water so they could drink up and "chill out" afterwards since for the past twelve years this has been their routine... chillin out in their drinking water..LOL

What size bowl?
-12 inches by 24 inches plastic container about an inch deep

as for the what age an adult/ im not really sure.
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My turtles have to eat in water they can not eat food from a bowl
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