Red-eared water turtles are amphibians

Red-eared sliders need a diet that is a mixture of animal and plant material. Young red-eared sliders eat more animal protein, so babies should start on a diet that is more on the carnivorous side.

It is still a good idea to offer vegetation to young turtles even if they don't start eating it until they get a little older; offering early on could make it less likely that you will slip away from trying the vegetation as it ages. This is useful because vegetation should form a significant part of the adult red-eared rascal diet.


Commercial pellets are quite nutritious, convenient, and beneficial in that they contain a good mix of vitamins and minerals, but variety is said to be the spice of life. It is better to have a wide variety of foods than a commercial turtle pulette for yours A variety of fresh foods offer a wider range of nutrients in various forms that can be even better absorbed when fed in their natural state.

Feeding a variety of items is also energizing for the turtle and a good form of enrichment. Live prey items are particularly desirable as they allow turtles to train by hunting just as they would in the wild In general on the items: try to limit pellets to about 25 percent of the diet, composing the rest with the following options:

  • Prey Items:Earthworms, crickets, wax worms, silkworms, water snails, blood worms, daphnia, shrimps, krill and meat worms. In the case of very small turtles, the prey may have to be cut into smaller pieces. Larger turtles can be offered larger prey, e.g. in the area of ​​the tadpoles or forage fish, although some experts warn that food fish can carry parasites and other unwanted fish (like goldfish) are too greasy to be fed regularly.
  • Green leaves:Kale, mustard, dandelion, kale, and buckschoy. Iceberg lettuce should never be fed as it is not nutritious enough and dark green leafy lettuce like Romaine can be fed sparingly. Make sure you are feeding items with appropriate calcium-to-phosphorus levels.
  • Aquatic plants:In an aquarium or pond, you can add aquatic plants that turtles tend to divide, and they often eat underwater contaminated plants such as anacharist, water hyacinth, watermalat, duck plant, azolla (fairy mosk), and frog bit.
  • Other vegetables:Carrots (both the orange veggies and the green top), pumpkin, and green beans. Vegetables can be shredded to make them easier to eat, which is especially helpful for smaller turtles.

Food supplement for foils with red ear

A good reptilian multivitamin with calcium and vitamin D3 should be mixed with the turtle's diet a few times a week. An excellent way to provide extra calcium is to place a cutlebone in the turtle tank, these are often in the bird area of ​​your local Pet house and can be attached to the tank with suction cup clips or simply floating in the water.


  • Hunting wild prey can be dangerous when it is contaminated with pesticides and can carry intestinal parasites, as can vegetation like dandelions that you pick outdoors.
  • Some experts recommend fresh fruits like bananas, berries, apples, and melon. However, this is not a natural staple in the red-eared slider diet and it can cause diarrhea. If you offer any fruit at all, limit them to very small amounts as a special treat.
  • Feeding non-frozen fish, or at least not very often; some fish have an increase in the levels of an enzyme in the fish that destroys vitamin B1.
  • Cooked chicken and lean beef do not provide a balanced diet and pollute the water very quickly, so only use them as very occasional treats in a feed tank. The protein content can also contribute to kidney disease in your turtle.
  • Never feed raw chicken or meat as there is a risk of bacterial contamination for both you and your captive turtle.