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Old 10-02-2007, 09:03 AM   #1
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My baby Red Ear Sliders won't eat!

Hi guys,

I'm hoping somebody can give me some advice. I was given two baby red ear slider turtles about two weeks ago. I got them a ten gallon tank, a UVA/UVB fluorescent bulb, and a heat lamp. There is maybe a half inch of water or so, enough so the water level is just beneath the top of their shells. There is also a "turtle ramp" that covers a quarter of the tank and allows the turtles to climb out of the water. I have a little aquarium thermometer on the glass and it says the temperature is about 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

I am concerned because they have not eaten since I've had them. I've tried the turtle food the pet stores sell and a piece of krill I have for my fish, but the turtles appear to have no interest in any of it.

Does anyone have any ideas how I can get them to eat?

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Old 10-02-2007, 09:38 AM   #2
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hello
this is not all personal experiance,just a little info......
water deep enough to swim in(completly submergeable)
and a landing area for basking,
feeding,blood worm,wax worms,guppys,snails from your
fish tank.veg can be offered,
feeding the food live can help,it's ment to excite them more.
vitamins:D3,vits with calcium,add to food a couple of times a week,
maybe cut the earth worms up into small bits.
wash hands after handling,or anything to do with the
turtles or inclosure as Salmonella is something
they carry,as do most if not all reptiles(i knew that bit)
please watch small children,they are susceptable.
i think Tangy has got these.
any good ? :)
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Old 10-03-2007, 06:11 AM   #3
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Hi willow,

Thanks for the info. So far neither pellets nor krill has worked so I think I may try some live food. I hope they're not too young/small to eat it!

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Old 10-03-2007, 07:41 AM   #4
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how big are they ?
any chance of a pic ?
another thing to try maybe .............
like i said to Kate........
a pair of tweezers,and hold the wriggling live food
and try to feed this way perhaps.
Perhaps find out if they can have "pin head" crickets
as they are extremly small.
glad i could help. :)
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Old 10-03-2007, 01:54 PM   #5
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ive never had a problem with my guy, but u can try soaking the pellets or krill in tuna SMELLY but works/ or just leave some lettuce in there and he might learn to love it
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Old 10-03-2007, 05:02 PM   #6
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Thanks for the additional advice, willow and MegK. After about two weeks, I finally got them to eat!

Today I raised the water level from 1/2 an inch to 6 inches and added the submersible heater I was unable to add in the shallower water. I don't know if it was that or they were simply ready, but about an hour after I put the heater in I tried giving them another piece of krill and they both went at it with a vengeance! It was so cute - I don't know if it was stuck to his claw or he was actually holding it, but one of the turtles appeared to be holding it and biting it as if it were a turkey leg.

So now that they will eat, how much should I feed them? They are each about the size of a bottle cap if that helps.

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Old 10-03-2007, 05:17 PM   #7
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well ur water is at a better level now, it needs to be atleast as high as the length of their shell.

and u should feed them as much as u would assume would fit in their head. for my guy i think that 6 pellets fit, so i give him 3 in the morning and 3 at night, and theres lettuce if he wants it.

i think the krill should be more like every other day or so, not everyday. idk why im saying that.. ask me later if u care lol

and yea.. there u go
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Old 10-04-2007, 05:58 AM   #8
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Tangy has got these little guys,
i wonder how many times a day he feeds his ones ?
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Old 10-04-2007, 05:58 PM   #9
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taht sounds awesome Mike. i feed them a veried amount every time. in the mornings i give Hana(small red eared slider) about a bottle cap of brine shrimp. in the after noon i feed her about 2/3 a bottle cap of sun dried fresh water shrimp, and about 2/3's a bottle cap of brine shrimp or a few worms(any) and i throw a leaf of lettuce in there for all day grazing. when they grow u can throw a whole cube of brine shrimp in there and they maul the hell outta it. its so cool. ohh. almost forgot. welcome to the turtle club :D
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Old 10-21-2007, 03:43 PM   #10
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