I wanted to share the diet of Dumbork since she was bought. Dumbork’s diet mainly consists turtle pellets since he was bought. I’ve also consulted the state of Dumbork’s shell growth on the Turtle Talk Forum of redearslider.com, and they noticed that Dumbork has some retained scutes and thick growth lines because of fast growth. They advised me to cut back on the protein (main ingredient of the pellet) and introduce vegetables on her diet.
The first pellet brand was Sanyu — it can be bought from any pet store. However, her first vet mentioned that the brand was not advisable. He gave us some repackaged turtle pellets with no brand. I tried contacting him for the ingredients, but unfortunately he did not reply. Since the unnamed turtle pellets have no can, I transferred the contents in the Sanyu container (from now on, when I say Sanyu pellet this means the repackaged turtle food placed in the Sanyu Container).
I also offered her red-leaf and green-leaf lettuce which she liked. These are sources of vitamins and nutrients. However, when she was diagnosed with RI I have to switch her back to the pellets to regain her strength. The vet said that the change of diet should be done gradually to prevent nutritional stress.
Also, due to her retained scutes, the members of the forum recommended sweet potato, tomatoes, blueberries and Koi pellet with wheat germ to hurry up the shedding. Of the four items, only sweet potato and tomato can be easily acquired in our country. As for the fruits (berries, papaya, grapes), these should be given in moderation because the turtle’s diet cannot easily handle sweet and sugary items (seeing as they weren’t easily available in the wild).
Calcium is also an important part of the turtle’s diet. This will help in the formation and strengthening of the turtle’s shell. Leaving a block in the tank will also trim their beaks and curb their appetites (they can gnaw on it when they fell hungry). I bought a cuttlebone (usually given to birds) and I give it to Dumbork every day. At first she was reluctant to eat it, but I crush one block into small pieces so that she can swallow it without difficulty.
Because I wanted to give Dumbork a proper diet, I went to Cartimar Pet Village last weekend to search for the Koi pellet and Reptomin. I wasn’t able to find the Koi pellet, but I bought the Goldfish pellet with wheat germ instead. I also bought a medium sized can of Reptomin, which is one of the most recommended turtle pellet brand in the forum. The goldfish pellet with wheat germ helps encourage shedding, and may be replaced as a pellet. The pellets are small, almost pinhead size.
The rule of thumb for turtle owners is to give pellets as much as it can fit his head (as if hollow). For adult RES, pellets should be given every other day and vegetables should be the main staple food.
Before, we are giving Dumbork 2 pellets 5 times a day (total of 10 pellets). Upon noticing fast growth we cut back to 6 pellets per day. Then, when she became sick we switched back to 10 pellets per day again for her to regain her strength, and now we will stick to 5 pellets per day.
Here’s a table for the daily feeding of Dumbork:
What do you feed you pets? Let me know!