If you’re thinking about adopting or purchasing a yellow belly slider turtle, you’ll need to know what goes into their feedings. First off, turtles are messy and require constant care to keep their tanks clean. What goes in must come out and when it comes to turtles, there’s a lot that comes out, let me tell you. Having a good filter is a must, not an option. Some aquarium kits come with filters but they’re not going to be enough for turtles. You need a big filter. An aquarium vacuum will also help but one sure way to prevent a dirtier tank than necessary is by feeding your turtle in a separate container.
Most yellow belly slider turtle owners feed their pets, if they have more than one turtle, with tweezers or tongs or something similar. It depends on how big your turtles are. That’s a great way to know that your turtles are getting the right amount of food. I feed my yellow belly slider turtles twice a day. I put a couple of pellets in front of them along with some shrimp or cod. They need 70% of protein a day while they’re young. For the second feeding, I give them bits of lettuce, carrots, and cucumbers and more meats. Every once in a while as a treat, I give them mealworms. If it was up to them, that’s all they’d eat. They absolutely devour them immediately. I’ll add more of a variety to their diet as they get older.
Another way to feed your turtles and really it’s the best way to keep your tank cleaner is to put your yellow belly slider turtles in a container with room temperature water. Yellow belly slider turtles are considered aquatic turtles and they eat underwater. I only know of one person who has successfully trained their turtles how to eat out of the water. I choose not to try this method. If any of the turtles start becoming aggressive, they’ll need to start eating separately. I’ve just purchased plastic tubs to feed mine separately. I have two turtles that are like night and day. Pokey is laid back and Slider really takes advantage of that. He/she is more aggressive and he wants whatever Pokey has. He’s very competitive. He’s recently started devouring my aquatic plants. Because I don’t want him to fill up on them, I’ve had to remove them and house them in a different aquarium. Again, they need 70% protein in their diet, daily. Some vegetation is okay, 24/7 vegetation is not.
Feeding time is a great way for your turtle to get used to you. They tend to spook easily from quick and sudden movements so be careful not to spook them when you’re feeding them. Pretty soon, they’ll get used to you and look forward to one on one feeding time with you.
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way. I’m a past and present turtle owner and all thoughts included are from my many years of experience in owning, handling, and loving yellow belly slider turtles. I’m not an expert on turtle care.