What do freshwater turtles eat?

In this brief article we have answered the query,” What do freshwater turtles eat?” We have looked at some types of freshwater turtles and how often freshwater turtles require food and water.

What do freshwater turtles eat?

Freshwater turtles eat a varied diet that consists of snails, aquatic insects, worms, water plants, insect larvae, crustacea, algae and fallen fruit. Some species of freshwater turtles also eat snakes, fish, frogs, mammals as well as other small turtles. An example is the snapping turtle.

What are the types of freshwater turtles?

Red-eared slider

The red-eared slider is scientifically known as Trachemys scripta elegans and its native to Mexico and the US with Mississippi being its main habitat.

The red-eared slider is popular among pet lovers and you can find it in pet stores and other vendors globally. It grows to be about 30cm in length with the females being bigger than the males.

They are predominantly aquatic and only come out of the water to bask. They have a dark green body with a bit of yellow coloring. However their most distinct feature that also resulted in them being called red-eared slider are the red markings on the head sides.

They are semi-aquatic turtles and are very easy to spot in the rivers mostly in the Southern United States.

Cumberland slider

The cumberland slider is scientifically known as Trachemys scripta troost and its native to the United States specifically Kentucky and Tennessee. It is an omnivorous turtle and loves to eat fish, tadpoles, algae and crayfish.

It is a semi-aquatic turtle and can live to be upto 30 years. The cumberland sliders can grow to be 21 cm in length and have a distinct green shell with some light yellow and black spots.

When keeping it as a pet, you should ensure that the temperature of its terrarium is between 25 degrees celsius to 30 degrees celsius. 

Pig-nosed turtle

The pig-nosed turtles are scientifically known as Carettochelys insculpta and are native to Northern Australia and New Guinea. 

They have very distinct features unlike other freshwater turtles such as flippers which resemble the sea turtles ones. They also have a soft shell which is leathery instead of a shell that is formed of hard, distinct scutes.

They also have very long and fleshy snouts which resemble those of pigs and hence their name ‘Pig nosed turtle’. They can grow to be 60cm in length and weigh up to a massive 25 kgs (55 lbs).

The pig-nosed turtles are largely aquatic and only get out of the water to lay eggs. They are omnivorous turtles and can eat both plant based and animal based matter but in particular love feeding on ficus leaves and fruits.

If you are planning on having it as a pet, ensure that you make considerations of having a large aquarium because the pig-nosed turtle can grow to a massive size.

You can read more about other freshwater turtles here.

How often do freshwater turtles eat?

The frequency of consuming food for most freshwater turtles largely depends on the size and age they are at. The young and smaller in size freshwater turtles tend to eat every day. However as they age and get older, the frequency of eating reduces and they can be fed some good-size portions of food every 2 or 3 days.

How often do freshwater turtles require water?

Freshwater turtles largely live in water, swimming and drinking water the entire day. They therefore do not require to be given additional water but you should always ensure that their tanks are clean and hygienic and maintained at the right temperatures.

The temperature can be maintained by a submersible heater and a basking lamp. This ensures that the water is cooler at one end. You should also create a platform out of the water so that the turtle can bask.

Also make sure that they have a proper working filtration system and that is often cleaned so that the quality of water is always top notch.

Conclusion

In this brief article we have answered the query,” What do freshwater turtles eat?” We have looked at some types of freshwater turtles and how often freshwater turtles require food and water.

Citations

https://www.livescience.com/45539-what-do-turtles-eat.html

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