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PostSubject: Philbert wont eat his vegetables! ):   Wed May 15, 2013 6:24 pm

My mom believes she rescued a baby box turtle from becoming either - a) roadkill, b) food for a raccoon (maybe even a wild cat), or c) death by lawnmower - last year in Long Island. She brought him to me and he's been in my care ever since. I have a spiffy enclosure for him set up in my sunroom near my other various types of pond turtles, with wood substrate, pebbles, and sand, a big shallow water pan, a hide, some plants, the whole shebang. He seems to be an active, happy little dude, always happy to gobble up worms and bugs.
HOWEVER, vegetables are another story. No matter what, he won't touch them. I've tried different brands of prepared box turtle food, too. It seems like if the food (or prey, rather) isn't moving, he doesn't want it.
Does anyone have any hints to get my little guy to eat his veggies?




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PostSubject: Re: Philbert wont eat his vegetables! ):   Wed May 15, 2013 6:54 pm

That's the cutest little thing!
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PostSubject: Re: Philbert wont eat his vegetables! ):   Wed May 15, 2013 8:30 pm

Neonates and juveniles are mainly carnivorous and become more herbivorous with age. The turtle looks good. I would however, use a less abrasive substrate.
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PostSubject: Re: Philbert wont eat his vegetables! ):   Wed May 15, 2013 8:51 pm

Thanks! Would you recommend smaller pebbles? I have it now so half of the enclosure is wood chips, with a shallow water pan. Then 1/4 of it is sand, with the other 1/4 being dirt topped with those little pebbles. He usually burrows down into the wood chips
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PostSubject: Re: Philbert wont eat his vegetables! ):   Thu May 16, 2013 10:40 am

The pebbles in the photo appear to be fairly jagged and may damage the turtle's feet and/or plastron. I would not use any pebbles. This is a good care sheet: http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-easternboxie.htm
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PostSubject: Re: Philbert wont eat his vegetables! ):   Thu May 16, 2013 1:49 pm

Find some Earth Worms. Turtles love them. They are like candy.
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PostSubject: Re: Philbert wont eat his vegetables! ):   Thu May 16, 2013 5:14 pm

This thread struck an old (useless) memory regarding box turtle feeding.

A strange social interaction exists between box turtles and the American toad. When female box turtles are kept with female toads, both turtles and toads eat significantly faster than normal. No satisfactory explanation has been presented for this behavior.

Source: Overmann, S. R. and R. Boice. 1970. Social facilitation of feeding in box turtles and American toads. Ecol. Soc. Amer. Bull 51(4):23.

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PostSubject: Re: Philbert wont eat his vegetables! ):   Fri May 17, 2013 8:13 am

Replaced the pebbles and I'll dig up some worms today for him!

So, now I have an excuse for a pet toad too!? Awesomeeeeeeeee!
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PostSubject: Re: Philbert wont eat his vegetables! ):   Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:33 pm

I used soil for my box turtle, and no rocks (except smooth river rocks in the water), but jw always has good info, so totally get a toad Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Philbert wont eat his vegetables! ):   Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:45 am

Mannn, usually I can find toads around my house pretty easily seeing as we basically have the beginning of Stumpy Lake or swamp or whatever it is in our yard, but I haven't seen a single one!

However, I started mixing his live worms with freezedried and as long as they are mixed he will eat them... Hoping with time he will transition to motionless food and eat all the awesome looking turtle chow I wanna get him.
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