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Do turtles eat fish?

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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.

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Different types of turtles tend to eat different foods depending on their environment, size and strength.

  • Sea turtles: Most sea turtles will eat soft sea creatures such as jellyfish and sponges, but the stronger ones also eat shellfish. A small percentage of sea turtles, including green sea turtles, only eat algae and other plants.
  • Painted turtles: A common fresh water breed in North America that eats a lot of aquatic and land plants, worms, crickets, small shellfish and fish.
  • Snapping turtles: These turtles have strong jaws and like live food. They eat mostly small fish and insects.
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