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Not eating in winter

January 28, 2009 | By Michele B. | 3 comments

Sasha with a big ole worm

Sasha, my three-toed box turtle, is not cooperating with eating this winter. She's always been stubborn the way it is, since she ONLY eats food that moves. But now, she is not even eating much of that. She seems to do this every winter, but it still worries me.

Any suggestions?
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Leah G.
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Leah G.
5 years ago

My turtle is also a picky eater--but all year round, not just in the winter. I'm always trying different things, b/c I never know what he'll take an interest in. He is 24 now though, so I guess it's not life threatening! Currently he's enjoying romaine lettuce, and this kind of yucky box turtle food from the pet store: it's little cubes of chicken soaked in a fruity yellow syrup. Ack! It's the first pet store food he's ever eaten though--he rejects any of those other "turtle foods" you can buy.

I'll also try feeding him after a soak--he definitely likes his baths, but it never occurred to me to try to feed him right after!

Michele B.
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Michele B.
5 years ago

Thank you. I'll give that a try this weekend. She's not particularly fond of earthworms (or red worms)...I think its that she doesn't like the way they wrap around her nose when she eats them. Before I learned how bad they are for her, she was a HUGE fan of eating goldfish. Her current favorite is wax worms. Yes, I've created a reptilian junkfood junkie.

Do you cut the roma tomatoes up?

I've had her for 14 years (or more - can't remember the exact year I adopted her), so I really should be used to this. But she's such a tiny thing (very small for a three-toed box turtle) that I always worry.

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