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Posted by lacie143 on May 09, 2003 at 22:33:14:
In Reply to: yes, but why do you need to do so....more posted by bloomindaedalus on May 09, 2003 at 20:43:01:
K, thanks a bunch, i managed to get a little bit down... i'm hoping for the best
:It can be done but keep in mind two things
:(1) turtles can go a long time ( a month or more) without serious il effects
:(2) a turtle which once ate well and is now reluctant to do so is probably scared or sick.
:Do you have a turtle you think you need to force feed?
:How long has it been since it ate? Is this an animal you have had a long time?
:Does it show any other signs of sickness? Have you recentely changed its cage or cage location or given it a roommate? Perhaps you should check careful you husbandry (check tempertaures and items being offered for food, water depth and cage size and levels of chemicals in water etc..)
:Turtles can be tube fed like snakes but i have found that an eye-dropper works just as well. The hard part is getting a turtle to open its mouth for you (tapping gently on its mouth with a finger or cotton swab sometimes works). Once that is done, squeezing some liquified turtle pellets or a well blended mix of greens and tuna is usually accepted. You may follow with a small amount of fresh cool water. The turtle should then be placed in water quickly (not necessary but helpful to prevent choking) and kept warm enough for a few days to digest its food.