Premium formula floating Turtle Mix is a complete food designed for aquatic omnivorous turtles of all kinds. Highly palatable, staple nutrition; a combination of selected fish, shrimp and complete diet sticks and crisps. Contains minerals and multi-vitamins to promote growth, digestive health, and enhanced natural colours and rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9.
Turtles in general are a very hardy and a rewarding pet that can give hours of pleasure just watching their entertaining daily antics.
They do require a certain level of care to prosper and even if keeping a common species like Musk turtles, for example, their natural lifespan is between 30 and 50 years; this should be taken into consideration when choosing a pet of this type. Investing in good quality equipment, such as Reptile Systems, will save you time and money in the long term. Most popular types of turtle require an enclosure that offers both aquatic and land areas, however, proportions can vary greatly from species to species and must be observed if you wish to avoid problems. Research should be done before making decisions regarding which turtle you wish to own and how much space it will require. At our facility, we have a Musk turtle, which are highly aquatic and move very clumsily on land, whereas box turtles are pretty much terrestrial in nature but do require a shallow water area to thrive. Housing for these fascinating creatures needs to provide heating and lighting, including UV, on the terrestrial areas and heating and good filtration for the aquatic part. UVB is vital to the wellbeing of your turtle and will enable it to metabolise calcium from its diet. This is essential for strong shell and bone growth, muscle function and many other important bodily functions; a dietary must have if you wish to avoid problems such as Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) and other hypocalcaemia related issues. Heating is also important for digestion and aids in all metabolic processes. With a Visitherm heater, the water should be maintained at a temperature around 72°-78°F (22°C - 26°C) which is suitable for most varieties. Although turtles do not directly absorb water through their skin, in the way many amphibians do, keeping it filtered effectively removes any risk of problems caused by ammonia burns. It also helps control any unpleasant odours caused by poor water quality.
In the wild, the diet is mainly opportunistic and environmental with some marine turtles being adapting to eat large quantities of jellyfish, whereas some freshwater, tropical, fully aquatic species, like Pignoses, mainly eat the fruit and leaves of the wild fig. (We will not be covering the care or housing for either of these extreme examples!)
Most types will eat anything that is available to them in their native range and will include a mixture of fish, worms, shrimps, aquatic vegetation, frogs, assorted insects, and snails along with an assortment of fruit, berries, and flowers. So as this list suggests a huge variety of whatever is seasonally available. Interestingly, many types of turtle are more carnivorous when they are younger, becoming more omnivorous as they mature. There is no substitute for the natural diet of your chosen turtle, but with today’s busy schedules we totally understand it is not always possible to provide this, however, shop-bought foods are generally lacking in the suitable nutritional profiles your pet needs to live a long and happy life.
We will be dealing with turtles that are commonly available as pets, this of course does differ slightly from country to country and state to state. Red and Yellow Eared Sliders are banned from sale, exchange or breeding in the UK and are listed as an invasive species, for example, with alligator snapping turtles being banned in Germany, to name but a few.
Although Turtle mix is a complete food containing everything your turtle needs to promote growth, digestive health, and natural colour enhancement, we always recommend using additional fresh turtle-safe foods where possible. Good dietary information is key to successfully keeping your chosen species.
Turtle mix is suitable for all types of omnivorous turtles including all sliders (Red, Yellow, Cumberland), Cooters, Musk turtles and all similar species. It can be mixed with any number of natural ingredients to keep your pet in full health. We do not recommend the inclusion of raw meats but certain types of fresh fish are fine. When using insects or salad items in your feeding regime, supplementation is advisable to keep your calcium to phosphorus ratios favourable. This is where the other two products in the range, Vit A Min and Calcium Ultra help plug the gaps in the captive diet. To ensure you are feeding the best food to your pet please follow the guide on our Insect Food when using feeder insects for your turtle.
Adult turtles can be fed every day, however, a smaller amount six days a week would be healthier, as captive turtles tend to be overfed. An amount of food that takes between five and ten minutes to eat is a good guide. For hatchlings and young animals, you can divide this into two feeds: one in the morning and one in the afternoon, allowing enough basking time to aid with digestion.
This is a shrimp like, freshwater crustacean that comes from a large group of around 200 different species and has been used as a food for tropical fish to add quality nutrients to their diet, as it aids in digestion, and naturally enhances coloration.
A mix of shrimps that provide a good quality protein source with very little fat and good source of omega 3 and 6 in addition to a variety of vitamins and minerals. Shrimp contains an antioxidant called astaxanthin, which has been studied for its role in promoting brain and heart health.
Herring is high in vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and folate. It is also a good source of minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, potassium, and magnesium.
Vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.
Mycoprotiens are considered ‘vegetable’ in origin and are derived from fungi. They contain all nine essential amino acids and fall into the category of being a source of first-class protein, comparable with other protein sources such as meat and fish.
Mycoprotein is a high-protein food with a high fiber content and is low in fat with no cholesterol.
Vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.
Very high in vitamin E which is an antioxidant, along with fiber and healthy fats. It is also a good source of magnesium, zinc, thiamin, folate, potassium, and phosphorus. Wheat Germ is beneficial for turtles as it aids shedding, especially in turtles with retained scuta.
Vitamin B complex
The main part of this is made up from Brewer’s yeast, which is useful for digestive health, contains amino acids, minerals and is packed with B-complex vitamins include, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), and B7 (biotin).
Omega-3 fats in salmon oil claim many health benefits as an anti-inflammatory improving both blood flow and oxygen delivery.
This is a powerful detoxifier which binds toxins to it which are then eliminated by the body. Along with improving your immune health, zeolite is a powerful antimicrobial. This means it can fight potentially harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It is also good at removing ammonia and can stabilize bodily pH levels.