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.
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >