Yellow Belly Slider Turtles are one of the most popular pet turtles that people keep in aquariums. They grow to be quite large and live for many years, which is why they make such a great investment for turtle enthusiasts. You might have just gotten a baby for yourself, Or maybe your thinking of breeding them. If so, It’s important to provide your young turtle with healthy foods so that it can grow up strong and develop properly. Here are some of the things you should feed your baby yellow belly slider turtles.
What to Feed Baby Yellow Belly Slider Turtles
Proteins for the baby sliders are the same as adults. They will come in the form of insects, Fish, and commercial food pellets.
Proteins should account for a higher percentage of their diets than their adult counterparts.
The protein has a lot more of an impact on their growth rate when young, and it will help them grow much faster. Here are some of the proteins a baby can have, keep in mind they are mostly the same for adults, but may need to be cut up for your smaller turtles to eat.
- mealworms, super worms
- wax worms
- And of course, Commercial pellets should make for a filler in your turtle’s diet (made specifically for turtles to meet mineral requirements)
Vegetables should make up a large percentage of their diet. Since turtles are omnivorous, they love vegetables.
Some good veggies are spinach, kale, collard greens (although you may want to boil them first), broccoli stems and tops, etc. Here is a list:
- Any collard greens
- Any green beans
- Apples, oranges & strawberries (limit the amount, its a treat only)
- Most vegetables, avoid peppers and onions and garlic and such like you would with most animals
Fruit’s are also a good source of vitamins and nutrients, however, they should be given sparingly to avoid fattening your turtle too much. Turtles love fruit, and babies are no exception. Strawberries, peaches, apples, they love it all!
Your turtle would be eating a lot of these in the wild, and that’s no different in captivity. Aquatic greens are an amazing natural source for all sorts of vitamins and minerals in your baby turtle’s diet. Just like adults, baby turtles will love aquatic greens. Here is a list:
- Water lettuce
- Egeria densa, also known as Brazilian waterweed.
In conclusion, feeding baby turtles is not too difficult, and it can be a lot of fun!
The best way to make sure your little one is getting what they need in their diet is by following these guidelines. You will have happy baby turtles that grow up strong and healthy, just like you want them to be!