How to Feed Baby Turtles

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Baby turtles are cute little creatures that require totally different care than adult turtles, needing a lot of special care to keep them alive and healthy. They're prone to many diseases and carry many disease-carrying germs [source: CDC]. You have to feed a baby turtle food that is available in the pet store, while supplementing their diets with vegetables, meat and fruit. Land turtles tend to eat more vegetables than those living in water.

Here's how to feed baby turtles:


  • Feed land baby turtles a combination of commercially produced food and fresh leafy vegetables, such as romaine lettuce and cabbage. Make sure you chop the food into tiny pieces.
  • Feed your aquatic baby turtle in a smaller feeding tank. Aquatic baby turtle are sloppy eaters and they relieve themselves in the middle of their meals. Therefore, they will dirty their aquarium if they eat in it.
  • Feed your pet baby turtle, "feeder fish and crickets," for some meals.
  • Feed baby turtles two or three time a day.
  • Leave your baby turtle's food in the tank for a half hour, and then remove what's left. You can feed it to your turtle again later.
  • Give baby turtles vitamin supplements, especially vitamin D, which is good for shell development. It's also good to keep baby turtles in the sunshine, so they can get natural vitamin D [source: Schreiber].