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Posted by MatthewT on December 07, 2002 at 14:19:37:
In Reply to: feeding a baby? posted by bluegrrrl79 on December 05, 2002 at 11:23:49:
It shouldn't mattar what size you use. For example if you toss in a reptomin stick it should get soft and mushy enough for him to eat in a matter of minutes. I've never had any trouble with hatchlings eating reptomin, even with one week old hatchlings. I would only feed him protein rich foods every other day though, considerin the amount of protein in commercial turtle foods is very high, something like 44%. If you feed him to much protein he will start to get that wood grain look to his shell which is from eating to much protein rich food that will make him grow to fast. I definitely recommend floating dandelion greens, and romain lettuce even at this stage. I've noticed my hatchlings eat greens if I start them off on them early enough. You should float greens in thier water constantly and watch the protein intake. Good luck!
:Hi, I have a baby painted, he's only about an inch and a half or so and I'm assuming a few months old. Normally I feed him baby freeze dried shrimp, bits of Tubaflex worms, and sometimes baby crickets. I'm nervous that I'm feeding him too much protein though. I've tried breaking up pieces of turtle sticks, but they're just too big and hard for him to chew. I've tried lettuce but he doesn't seem to be able to bite pieces off, his mouth is too small. Any ideas? Are there companies that make turtle sticks for babies? He has a great appitite, it's just hard finding things small enough!