Recently, I rescued a male eastern box turtle earlier this year from a dog near my school. I have a nice enclosure set up for him (used a big tupperware box) and he's been very healthy. I've had him roughly a month, but I'm slightly concerned.
All guides I have read do mention that turtles need a good amount of protein, but also need vegetables and a bit of leafy greens and a bit of fruit. I've never seen my turtle eat anything but the live food I put in there along with the chicken.
I've tried a few things, but that turtle is tricky! I've tried grating up the food and mixing it all together, but then he sometimes forgets the chicken all together and just picks out the worms! He won't eat dead worms (or crickets), so crushing them up and putting them in the food is not an option, because he'll probably just leave it alone.
So, do you guys have any suggestions? He doesn't seem to nibble at the greens I put in to the box with him, and I have trouble with wild plants like dandelion and grass drying up and dying in the soil that I put in the enclosure (it's store-bought soil for herps, maybe it doesn't have plant nutrients?)
Any tips would be appreciated. I'm slightly worried about him because I want him to have a diverse diet. He also used to have REALLY red eyes, but they're kind of a duller orange now... I want to make sure he gets the adequate nutrition he needs.
Edit: I realized you'd probably ask what foods I've tried. I have tried: Carrots, Raspberries, Baking Potato, Sweet Potato, Blackberries, Blueberries, Tomato, Romaine Lettuce, Iceberg Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Kale, Turnip Greens, Collards, Papaya, Mango. I've tried giving him small and large portions...it just seems he will either just kind of pick at the veggies/fruit (probably accidentally picked up when eating the worms) or leave them alone entirely.
Edited by HerpDerp, 22 July 2011 - 06:22 PM.