the Top 8 Causes for Your Turtle's Refusal to Consume Food 

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Slowed metabolism due to lack of UVA light

UVA light boosts turtle appetite, activity, territoriality, and mating, thus they require it daily. UVA light is 315–400 nm in the ultraviolet range.

Stress from being transferred to a new tank

You may have missed the farmer's market and run out of produce. Rest confident that your turtle will happily eat canned food. 

Dropping water temperatures

Turtles and fish eat each other because they live in water. Share sardines, anchovies, and other fishy delights with your turtle with the can opener.

Preparing for brumation during winter

Even in ideal tanks, most aquatic turtles slow down in winter.

Cooked Chicken

Turtles don't eat chicken, but they'll appreciate a piece of your grilled bird. The secret is to avoid salt and other seasonings.

Ground Beef

You can give your turtle a bite or two of ground meat, surprisingly. Like chicken, drain the oil and make sure it's plain before throwing it in the tank.


Your aquatic friend can consume pig, fish, chicken, and beef. The pork should be unseasoned, patted dry, and fully cooked.


Turtles should not consume eggs, yet they can. Eggs include protein, iron, and cholesterol, which turtles should avoid. Thus, give your turtle eggs sparingly, if ever.

8 types of human foods that turtles can consume

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