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Box turtles don't like greens?

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by AprilOneilTurtle, Nov 28, 2018.

  1. AprilOneilTurtle

    AprilOneilTurtle New Member

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    I've had my box turtle since Thanksgiving. So far I haven't seen him eat her greens! I've only discovered he loves worms & strawberries. I've tried carrots, broccolis, kale, lettuce, bok choy, bananas & other berries, still no. I've prob only seen him bit a lettuce once or twice, that's all!

    What other recommendations are there?
    Also does she not poop? or does she eat her own stool? I have not seen any since i've brought her home.. o_O
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    Our little Eastern Box Turtle was a rescue. He is a hatchling, so we feed him meal worms for a protein rich diet, but we supplement with romaine or any other leafy green. He prefers the meal worms to anything else and only takes small bites from the romaine - but he's still a little guy (only about 2" shell). He did take about a week to start eating once we brought him home. He was very dehydrated and didn't poop for several days - so we gave him regular soaks in his water dish and even put a very small amount of water in the tub and let him roam - the exercise with the water helps to get things "moving". You will probably find that once your little one is well hydrated, he will have a better appetite.
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    From what I understand, mealworms are not good for turtles. Maybe try red worms or earth worms.
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    Oh goodness! We were told by all our local pet stores to feed him meal worms, which he loves! We'll have to look into alternatives!
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    Check on our site here in the box turtle section. There should be something in there.
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    Oh I should give her some time time then, she is prob still adjusting to her new environment.I can't wait until i see stools! :)
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    Well good news, my Box Turtle is now eating regularly and pooping! I guess all she needed was to adjust to her new home. I was so happy to see her poop after a week of having her! I almost believed that turtles did not poop, because who knew turtles can hold in their stools for that long! She is now eating her greens as well, Lettuce & Bok Choy, YAY! She's always excited to see me and know when is feeding time :tort::D
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