Why will my Tortoise not eat Fruits or vegetables??

KhloeStel

New Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2021
Messages
10
Location (City and/or State)
Oregon
I have A tortoise named ashley that a family friend found on the side of the road So i do not know the specie But when i try to feed her fruits and veggies she will not eat them She only eats pellet food and worms. I have tried stuffing worms in red lettuce but it dosent work? Does anyone know a way to get her to eat anything other than pellets?? (Does anyone know what Kind of tortoise she is?? she was found in either Arizona Or california) ABC5B6D0-C00C-4681-92EC-92663806142E.jpeg
 

KhloeStel

New Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2021
Messages
10
Location (City and/or State)
Oregon
You have a box turtle. This turtle appears to be in pretty bad shape. They need some shallow water to swim in.
Yea She was abused by previous owners and So thats why her shell is kinda curved upward But she now goes to a vet now And they say she is completly Healthy
 

method89

Well-Known Member
Tortoise Club
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
May 15, 2019
Messages
1,364
Location (City and/or State)
Malverne, NY
can we get better pictures of her head?
 

Toddrickfl1

Well-Known Member
Tortoise Club
Joined
Jan 7, 2018
Messages
6,631
Location (City and/or State)
Ga
I have A tortoise named ashley that a family friend found on the side of the road So i do not know the specie But when i try to feed her fruits and veggies she will not eat them She only eats pellet food and worms. I have tried stuffing worms in red lettuce but it dosent work? Does anyone know a way to get her to eat anything other than pellets?? (Does anyone know what Kind of tortoise she is?? she was found in either Arizona Or california) View attachment 330285
Please read the care sheet and make the necessary corrections. This poor turtle has had a rough life.
 

ZenHerper

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 27, 2020
Messages
1,665
Location (City and/or State)
New Jersey
Box turtles need meat. They eat a lot of it during their active times of year. When a turtle is malnourished, it will focus on worms almost exclusively.

Will she eat an all-meat canned cat food? That will be a great way to get additional nutrients into the system. Fish and/or poultry types, and pate is easier to bite/swallow. It does not have to be an expensive brand, but there should not be any other ingredients but meat. My ornates like this one:

If she'll take the all-meat cat food, try adding a wee bit of fruit-only or veggie-only baby food (any flavors, just no sugar added). Fruit is usually easier to accept than veggies, so start there.

Turtles hatch out with an instinct to eat live critters on the forest and prairie floor. It takes them some time to start craving berries and young leaves of plants like viola/heartsease, clover, dandelion, chicory. If you can find any pesticide-free flowers from these plants, they are very nutritious.

If she only wants worms, it's a bit trickier and messier, but you basically mix some worms with some baby food fruit. Some of the fruit will go down by accident, but the sweet healthful flavor will make an impression over time.

Even though Three-Toed BTs are small, and this one has stunted growth, it needs a lot of room to exercise. Make sure your habitat is at least 5x4 feet.
 

Yvonne G

Old Timer
TFO Admin
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Jan 23, 2008
Messages
88,992
Location (City and/or State)
Clovis, CA
If this three toed box turtle looked like this when it was found, then it's a released or escaped pet that had been raised improperly from a hatchling.

It was probably fed cat food, had no UVB and lived in a dry aquarium.

Your turtle will never look normal, but you can give it a better life.

Go to our home page and scroll down until you find American Box Turtles, then read the first few threads that are stickied at the top of the section.
 

KhloeStel

New Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2021
Messages
10
Location (City and/or State)
Oregon
Box turtles need meat. They eat a lot of it during their active times of year. When a turtle is malnourished, it will focus on worms almost exclusively.

Will she eat an all-meat canned cat food? That will be a great way to get additional nutrients into the system. Fish and/or poultry types, and pate is easier to bite/swallow. It does not have to be an expensive brand, but there should not be any other ingredients but meat. My ornates like this one:

If she'll take the all-meat cat food, try adding a wee bit of fruit-only or veggie-only baby food (any flavors, just no sugar added). Fruit is usually easier to accept than veggies, so start there.

Turtles hatch out with an instinct to eat live critters on the forest and prairie floor. It takes them some time to start craving berries and young leaves of plants like viola/heartsease, clover, dandelion, chicory. If you can find any pesticide-free flowers from these plants, they are very nutritious.

If she only wants worms, it's a bit trickier and messier, but you basically mix some worms with some baby food fruit. Some of the fruit will go down by accident, but the sweet healthful flavor will make an impression over time.

Even though Three-Toed BTs are small, and this one has stunted growth, it needs a lot of room to exercise. Make sure your habitat is at least 5x4 feet.
Thank you so much i will try this!!! And im going to get her a bigger enclosure
 
TortoiseSupply.com

New Posts

Top