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Posted by JFeul on April 22, 2003 at 00:43:13:
In Reply to: how much should my turtle weigh? posted by valerie on April 21, 2003 at 21:29:03:
My three-toed male has a veracious appetite and would eat most live food beyond his capacity to hold it in. If it squirms, he bites! With fruits and vegetables, he is a bit more reluctant if stuffed. Generally, it is up to me not to feed him too much. I estimate that he is about 15-years-old or slightly younger.
Every turtle is different, however, and it is not necessarily bad that yours does not eat so much. On the other hand, most healthy box turtles probably eat more than 1 or 2 times a week.
If your turtle is old enough, an improvement in size and general health may be hard to attain. Like in most animals, abuse and neglect during the crucial years of development may cause irreversable damage. There are success stories, however, so you should make it your goal to get your turtle's diet and activity level to their max level. Unless your turtle is still developing, the size is probably fairly set. Focus instead on the general signs of well-being.