Diet & Feeding
The links below will help guide you (as they did me) in the researching and formulating of your own turtle pudding recipes.
This includes Oliver Römpp's carnivore recipe for Chelodina. Many thanks go out to him for taking the time to share his very
Tortoise Trust has a wealth of information pertaining to the dietary needs of turtles and tortoises. Plan on committing a couple
of hours to read through the materials as this is time well spent. You may even consider picking up a copy of the Tortoise and
Turtle Feeding Manual.
The World Chelonian Trust - Husbandry Articles
Once again be prepared to read through this wealth of information, though I might suggest one resource in particular: Nutrient
Analysis of Replacement Turtle and Tortoise Foods - Darrell M. Senneke
European Zoo Nutrition Centre:
Dietary Requirements of Asian turtles - focuses on the in-situ diet of Cuora amboinensis and Heosemys spinosa.
Excellent report however you need to sign up for membership to request a PDF copy of the article if you wish to view the
Dietary requirements of Asian turtles - data table for ex-situ feeding of Siebenrockiella crassicollis, Heosemys grandis &
Orlitia Borneensis referenced in the prior study.
Asian Turtle Conservation Network: Special Report on Vietnam Turtle Diets
Evolution of Diets for Herbivorous and Omnivorous Reptiles at the Philadelphia Zoo: From Mystery Toward Science
Internationale Schildkröten Vereinigung (in German)
If you don't speak German try a translation site like Yahoo's Babel Fish.
Foil containers (10)
Large pot (1)
Small pot (1)
Captive Diet (Note: Pelomedusa cannot eat out of the water)
Newly acquired specimens can prove to be a challenge when it comes to feeding as Pelomedusa can be shy eaters and may
not eat outside of their enclosure. It is recommended that all attempts are made to feed in a separate container of warm
water to help reduce the biomass load on the filter and frequency of water changes.
It is strongly recommended to try and get newly acquired specimens feeding on commerical diets first simply because they
are the most readily available food.
Because Pelomedusa are carnivorous, even the most reluctant feeders respond enthusiastically to live prey including night
crawlers, crickets, minnows as well as pinky & fuzzy mice. Once they start feeding many will accept commercially available
diets including Mazuri, Aquamax (carnivore), Reptomin and Nasco turtle brittle. Pelomedusa will also feed readily on turtle
pudding, a homemade gelatin mix described below. Sinking food induces the greatest feeding response in newly acquired
specimens as it simulates prey falling into the water and should be offered in small bite sized pieces. The rationale for doing
this is that turtles are more likely to strike at and consume small quantities of new food items.
If a specimen shows little interest in the new food item try to offer a familiar food or live prey (earthworms); they are more
likely to bite at a new item if they are in an excited feeding state.
54 g gelatin = (7) 8 g packets
150 g trout
70 g shrimp
50 g oyster or mussels
150 g beef heart
30 g chicken liver
1 egg (including shell)
180 g mixed vegetables (carrot,
dandelion, romaine lettuce,
1/2 teaspoon (0.6 g) vitamins &
1.1 cup water
Carnivore Diet - Small Batch
great size for your first time.
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