When feeding your red eared slider turtle, be sure that you are feeding it the right amount of plant and animal protein material. Baby sliders need to eat larger amounts of protein than adult sliders do because they have a larger carnivorous side to them. Adults, on the other hand, eat mostly plant matter.
While younger sliders may not eat much vegetation, it's a good idea to still offer them some as it's helpful in getting the turtle to recognize it as food. When they become adults, you can then transition to mostly feeding greens and vegetables, in addition to some protein.
You can also offer your slider pellet food. These, small, easy-to-eat foods are generally fairly nutritious and have a decent amount of vitamins and minerals included. They can also be more convenient to feed for pet owners. However, pellets should not be the staple diet of your turtle. In order to ensure your pet is getting all the nutrients it needs to grow and be healthy, animal proteins and vegetables and greens need to be added.
When feeding red eared sliders animal protein, you have several choices. These include: earthworms, waxworms, crickets, silkworms, bloodworms, and feeder fish (such as guppies, danios, and minnows).
Choices for vegetation include: kale, dandelion greens, bok choy, carrots, and dark green leaf lettuce. Avoid feeding iceberg lettuce as it has no nutrition.
If your slider lives in a pond, you can also add aquatic plants to its menu. It would love to snack on submerged plants like frogbit, water hyacinth, water lettuce, anacharis, and duckweed
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