Q: My baby turtle is very shy of coming up and eatting his food, when he finally comes up theres no

August 12, 2008 | By Luxorn | 3 answers | Expired: 2722 days ago

My baby turtle is very shy of coming up and eatting his food, when he finally comes up theres no

food, what should i do?

Tito is the baby and he gets shy. All of them are bigger than him. Except for Tequilla. She is the same size. But she has no problems. Help here!!!

Readers' Answers (3)
Cady Lynn

Aug 12, 2008

I know it may be a little time consuming/difficult, but maybe you could separate him at feeding time and give him his own food...then he'd be able to eat by himself away from the others & after he's done, you can put him back....that's the only thing I can think of for now until he gets adjusted to his cagemates.

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Jessica H.

Aug 12, 2008

Try separating them is a great suggestion; also don't stop and watch when you feed, maybe that is making Tito nervous. He may not necessarily be shy; maybe he's just a slow eater.

How big is he; the size in your photo? you could try feeding him bloodworms that float around in the water instead of sinking to the bottom, and as he gets bigger I suggest live fish so he will eat when he wants. I started feeding my RES live feeder fish (the smallest ones I could find) when they were only a few months old and slightly bigger than the one in the picture you added.

Also, how big is the tank? It appears you have red eared sliders. At their full adult size they will each require a 45-55gallon tank (yes, each), to minimize stress, ESPECIALLY if you are going to keep them in a tank together if they don't have enough space they will start to turn aggressive.

Maybe you could try a larger tank and maybe that will entice him to eat?

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Aug 19, 2008

I am a turtle owner myself, and I know how hard it is to separate turtles when they eat, but I would try that. Try some different foods too. I usually use dry dog food, dry cat food, or the floating turtle food available at petstores.

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