Although many people feed their turtles lettuce and celery
it has little or no nutritional value that will benefit your
turtle. Dark, leafy greens are usually the best option for
turtles. Tortoises that are allowed to graze outdoors and
forage for their own food will likely receive the best diet.
Keep in mind that all species of turtles have their own requirements
for food so be sure to review our turtle
care sheets first.
Avoid feeding your turtle any food which has a high level
of salt. Most food that is available in the supermarket is
too high in salt for turtles.
Any food that is too high in fat. This includes canned dog
and cat food. Hamburger meat and ground beef in general is
also too high in fat content for your turtle. Feeding your
turtle these types of food can quickly lead to the turtle
gaining excess weight.
Rhubarb and spinach is very high in oxalic acids. This prevents
proper calcium absorbtion which can lead to bone disease in
your turtle. There is nothing wrong with feeding your turtles
these items in small quantities just do not make it a primary
part of their diet. You can read more about this and other
turtle diseases in our health