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Posted by Samuel TIONG on November 18, 2001 at 22:09:32:
In Reply to: spiny hill turtle posted by J d'J on November 17, 2001 at 09:54:09:
: Hi all,I've got this spiny hill turtle for about a month now and am having problems regarding its diet.It simply is not eating.
>SO which country r u from could it be that (Spiny hill-Heosemys spinosa )of yours is wild caught n is not used to normal turtle diet
u must know tat they cant find tomatoes in the wild mine like durian best ,banana second but all these fruits make them pass soft tools my suggestions is try some water spinach(kangkong) or some earthworm, or prawns
: Based on the info I got from the web,books and other literature,my turtle is supposed to be omnivorous,with vegetable matter forming the bulk of the diet.I've tried fruits(tomatoes,a bit of banana),vegetables(watercress,carrot,mustard greens) and Reptomin sticks.My turtle will not touch them.Sniffed them,but that's it!
: I don't think temperature/climate is the problem as I live in the tropics and this turtle is a tropical species.I keep it in a 20 gallon tank with 1/3 water and 2/3 land area.It's now slightly more than 3 inches SCL but the plastron is still soft(I can press it in!).
>As for the soft shell at tat size (calcium Phosphorus) could be the culprit i found cuttlefish bone the best first find wat ur turtle like best to eat then mix the bone powder wif it
Is it supposed to still be this soft at this size?Anyone got any advice or suggestions?Thanks!
>Email me if u need more help (i personaly have a pair of them raised from about 3 inch(wild caught) the same problm of them not eating at the begining)