Turtles including painted turtles and snapping turtles eat fish, but other smaller turtles with weaker jaws tend to eat insects or eggs. Almost all turtles eat plants on a regular basis.Know More
Different types of turtles tend to eat different foods depending on their environment, size and strength.
Wild turtles eat shrimp, worms, water plants, frogs and fish, but the specific diet varies depending on the species. Some species of turtles are carnivores and eat only meat, and some eat only vegetation, but the majority of turtles are omnivores and eat both plants and other animals.Full Answer >
Baby turtle diets vary from one species to the next. For example, painted turtle hatchlings consume small animals while they are young before switching to a diet heavy in plants upon maturation, according to the University of Michigan, Department of Zoology. Likewise, box turtles begin life by consuming animals and convert to a primarily plant-based diet as adults. Often, these young box turtles catch their prey in ponds and streams.Full Answer >
Also known as the "sun turtle," the painted turtle's diet consists of aquatic insects and plants, crayfish, mussels, small fish, snails, tadpoles and carrion. The turtle is primarily aquatic and feeds under water.Full Answer >
Yellow belly slider turtles eat small fish, frogs and other aquatic species as well as aquatic plants found in their habitats. The diet of yellow belly slider turtles changes as they age, with juveniles being primarily carnivores and adults eating mostly aquatic vegetation.Full Answer >