Help us please
Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:03 AM
My husband and I have an Eastern Box Turtle who is proving to be very difficult. He doesn't want to eat. Obviously, he is eating something as he hasn't passed on (hopefully he won't) but it's causing me great concern. We have tried veggies and fruit and now we're trying chicken flavored dog food (as suggested by another website). He will eat little bits of that if we put meal worms in there.
We have learned he likes meal worms and slugs. We keep earthworms in his dirt but we aren't sure if he really likes them. We want to get him more slugs, but we can't find any.
We need your help. What should we do?
Posted 10 August 2012 - 01:40 PM
You have to understand that cold blooded animals such as turtles do not eat based off of their metabolism. They will simply slow down their metabolism if they choose not to eat. With cold blooded animals,you have to produce the right circumstances for them to eat. For instance, if you are feeding him first thing in the morning, it might be a bit too cool for him. Try feeding later in the day once he warms up. He may be on a hunger strike due to stress. Does he have a place to "hide"? There are many factors that can contribute to him not eating.
The first thing I would do is check the enclosure's tempature and make sure the whole thing is not one temp. There needs to be a warm side and a cool side. He will move freely back n forth to regulate his own body temp.
Second, I would look at the lights you are using and make sure he is getting the proper UV.
I hope I have given you a place to start. It has been a long time since I have had any land turtles. If all of this I have mentioned is correct, a more knoweldgable person will have to step in and help.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 08:57 PM
Posted 10 August 2012 - 09:40 PM
Posted 11 August 2012 - 04:19 PM
His enclosure is small, I admit that. He keep him outside with half of it in the shade and plenty of dirt to bury himself in as well as a log to hide in. We actually have found the perfect enclosure for him so that's our next purchase for him.
Animal Kingdom2, we have had him since July 15, we aren't sure his age - I'm figuring he's at least a year, if not 2. I will post pictures once I find them (I think they are on my camera, if not, I will take new ones.
Posted 12 August 2012 - 10:56 AM
Since you recently obtained this turtle, please realize it has only been a month and turtles are stressed when they are in a new environment and sometimes can take a while to adjust - some just never do, especially if taken from the wild. A box turtle in the wild during it's normal active months usually comes out early a.m. to warm up in the early morning sun, hunts for food (worms, grubs, bugs, carrion [dead animals], fruits, flowers, etc.) and then before the sun gets higher and the day hotter they dig in and hide until later in the afternoon when they may become active again, depending on the weather and time of year. Boxies normally love to eat outside early in the morning. Inside it's all disrupted so one has to establish a schedule as to lighting requirements, correct diet, vitamins, minerals, etc. to maintain the turtle's health. The best thing to do is to review care sheets on the eastern box turtle, it's background and how it lives outdoors. There are many good books out there, information on the internet and forums for information and help.
Photos of your turtle would help establish its sex and possible age. It is impossible to tell a box turtle's age just by looking at it - one can guess but that is about it.
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