This post can be considered as an extended post from Turtle Fact #5 : What to Eat and What Not to Eat. That post has a list of good food for turtles.
Turtles need to eat Cuttlebone as source of calcium and they also need to eat vegetables. My Kurome, a Reeves Turtle is the kind of turtle which is more carnivore than herbivore. Kroten and Papoe are omnivore but tend to be herbivore as they get older.
I have no problem introducing Papoe to vegetable…BUT she never touches her cuttlebone even though she is now in shedding process.
Since Kurome is more carnivore, I didn’t force him to eat veggies…however, he also refuses to eat cuttle bone. He needs it because he is the only one who hasn’t shed yet.
I already shared one recipe before but I didn’t put it in the turtle fact section…since many often ask how to make their turtle eat vegetables and cuttlebone…so I am now sharing it in Turtle Fact Section. Hope this npost an give ideas to all Turtle’s mommy or daddy 🙂
Cut the cuttlebone into small pieces. Put it in the blender along with pellets. The smell from the pellet will help the turtles think that it’s a pellet instead of cuttlebone or veggie. Once you have a powdered cuttlebone+pellet, put it in a container because you are not going to use them all at once.
Puree all the veggie or fruit you want them to eat…however, it is better to use not so many kind of veggie or fruit.
Prepare the gelatin. I use seaweed powder as the gelatin to hold all the ingredient and turn it into a tasty jello.
Mix the veggie puree and cuttlebone powder. Cook it till it boils
Because I want them to eat more cuttlebone, after it’s cooked I add extra cuttlebone powder
Let it cool down.
If you make too much, cut it into several parts and freeze it. We can use it again later. You can’t keep this jello more than a week in the fridge (unless if it’s frozen) because it tends grow some mold.
You can steam the one in the freezer once you need to feed your turtle again
Kroten loves it.
Papoe loves it
….and Kurome also loves it.
Now, all my three turtles eat healthy food 😉
You can mix anything here. I once made a cuttlebone+apple peel jello> here. Strawberry+cuttlebone.