Tortoises enjoy grazing and thrive on a diet of wild-growing weeds and flowers. They should not be fed every day, as the digestive system is not designed for this and can cause serious health problems.
As well as wild plants and flowers such as dandelions, hibiscus and rose petals, tortoises also enjoy a range of vegetables including zucchini, pumpkins and cucumbers. These foods should be sliced thinly and should not be given to very young tortoises. Tortoises should always have a regular supply of drinking water available to them. A good way to ensure that a tortoise is hydrated is to give it a shallow bath in warm water, as it absorbs small amounts of water through its tail.Learn More
In the wild, painted turtles survive on a diet of algae, plants, aquatic insects, crustaceans and fish. Instead of adopting a sit-and-wait approach, the turtles forage along the bottom of the water body, flushing prey out into open water with exploratory strikes into the vegetation.Full Answer >
Softshell turtles are mostly carnivorous and commonly consume insects, molluscs, fish, crustaceans and amphibians, although a few species also eat plants or algae. They catch their food without the benefit of the sharp beak most turtles use, as they have fleshy lips covering their toothless jaws. Softshell turtles are, in turn, preyed upon by a wide variety of animals, particularly as eggs or juveniles.Full Answer >
Eastern box turtles have a wide and varied diet, consisting of insects, plants and fungi. This varied diet and tough digestive constitution allows box turtles to survive even when their favorite food sources are not available, helping to make the species successful despite its slow sexual maturity and low number of offspring.Full Answer >
Terrapin turtles eat fish, snails, worms, clams, crabs and marsh plants. They are native to the eastern and southern United States and are the only turtle in the world to live exclusively in brackish salt water. They have diamond shaped markings on their shells and are often called diamondback terrapin. Their hind feet are webbed and muscled, enabling them to swim against the tides and currents of their natural habitat.Full Answer >