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Posted by dsres on April 24, 2003 at 10:36:32:
In Reply to: Turtle not eating properly posted by vonne on April 24, 2003 at 04:50:54:
I had a similar problem a few months back for my hatchling. I tried feeding him mealworms once and soon after, he refused to eat anything else. I had no choice but to continue feeding him mealworms for a few weeks. Then he seems to have gotten sick of them and eats pellets again. I'd say try to feed it mealworms, maybe small bits of shrimp or cooked chicken. If he eats something, then maybe he is being fussy. If he doesn't eat anything then you might want to try taking him to a vet.
I was told by some others on the forum to stop feeding mealworms due to protein overload. The idea was that he would get hungry enough and learn to eat pellets again which he did. But 3 weeks is a long time...
:All of a sudden, Sebastien the turtle decided he didnt want food anymore... well at least what im feeding him. (pellets, vegies, etc.) I havent seen him poop either and the two times he nearly did, it got sucked up his tail again. Is he badly constipated? Tummy trouble? Simply fussy? I've tried offering everything I can think of, but he just turns up his nose and swims away. He's also been basking a lot more... last time he did that, it was coz he had a cold.
:About a month ago, my housemates decided it would be fun to feed him mealworms (his favorite) everytime thay passed his tank so could his rejection of food be out of protein overload or is he wanting mealworms? (I havent given him any recently because i think it's too much protein and therefore not good for him)
:This has been going on for about 3 weeks and he's only eaten a few times, and not much at that.