Having a pet turtle can be great! While they may not be as cuddly as a dog, cat, or guinea pig, in return, they don’t bark and beg for food. Many domesticated animals can live off of human food. To ensure your pet lives a long time, it’s important to know which human foods you should never feed turtles.
In fact, having a pet turtle requires you to feed them plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. Have you ever wanted to give your turtle a bite of your dinner? Below you’ll find the foods that you should never feed your pet turtle.
In addition, we have a section just for you that’s dedicated to human foods that are not only safe for turtles, but they love munching on them! Let’s get started!
Human Food You Should Never Feed Turtles
It can be tempting to want to give your pet a bite of all the goodies you eat. Some are quite dangerous for turtles to ingest. Here are the foods you’ll want to avoid giving them at all costs!
1. Refined Sugars and Fried Food
Fried food has a lot of oil and fat, which is bad for your turtle. These will not just be difficult for them to digest, but they are additionally harmful to their well-being. You’ll also want to avoid anything with refined sugar, as there’s no benefit for the animal.
Dairy is another human food that you shouldn’t feed turtles. Turtles don’t have the enzymes required to digest dairy products. This implies that you should never feed them cheese, ice cream, milk, yogurt, or butter.
Although it’s arguably one of the best treats, chocolate can be deadly to your pet turtle. This is yet another human food that should be avoided.
Oxalates, which are abundant in nuts and prevent calcium absorption, should be avoided. If a turtle eats an excessive amount of nuts, it won’t be long until it dies because these creatures require a lot of calcium.
Noodles, bread, and other carbs don’t benefit turtles at all. In fact, they have no nutritional value. Additionally, turtles can’t digest dense carbs like bread properly. If they eat this type of food, it can be fatal.
6. Certain Fruits and Vegetables
There are specific fruits and vegetables that can actually make your turtle quite sick. We know these animals love fruits and veggies. Make sure to avoid iceberg lettuce, cloves of garlic, shallots, spicy peppers, and anything with citrus.
Carefully wash vegetables before giving them to your turtle because they can have rogue pesticides on them and ingesting these can harm your pet.
7. Processed Meat
Processed meat, breakfast sausage, and other foods that are high in sodium and preservatives fall into this group. Simply said, despite being tasty, they’re harmful to your turtle.
Human Foods Turtles Love
Now that you know which human foods to avoid, what do these critters love to snack on? In addition to plenty of water, they can enjoy these goodies.
Fruits and Veggies
It’s likely that your reptile will enjoy snacking on fresh produce as much as you do. They enjoy leafy green vegetables in particular. Kale, collard greens, and mustard greens are excellent and healthful options for them.
Along with that, they’ll eat celery, zucchini, green beans, and peas. In terms of fruits, you may offer them items like bananas, apples, and pears. Although these animals can eat canned fruits and veggies, make sure to avoid anything in oil, anything pickled, or with a lot of refined sugars.
Due to their natural environment, turtles adore snacking on fish. They love tuna, sardines, and anchovies! Before placing the fish in the tank, give it a quick rinse in cool water to get rid of any remaining salt, pesticides, or potentially toxic materials.
Use the same rule for fish as you do with canned produce. Make sure it isn’t sitting in oil or excessive salt. If you have fresh fish around, feel free to give your turtle one or two bites a month.
Unexpectedly, turtles have sufficiently acclimated to consuming meat that you are welcome to give them one or two bites a month. Several individuals will advise you not to give your turtle pork, beef, or chicken because these are not foods that turtles are able to consume.
These foods are completely unnecessary for your turtle, and they lack the nourishment that turtles require to survive. But you can give them a bite or two as a treat. Do not make meat a regular part of their diet.
Again, make sure there is no oil or seasoning on any of the meat before giving it to your turtle.
Summary of Human Foods Turtles Cannot Eat
|Type of Food
|Refined Sugars and Fried Food
|Certain Fruits and Vegetable
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