How to Get a Box Turtle to Eat


Box turtles are wonderfully docile creatures that many people choose to keep as pets. They are, however, wild creatures and without the proper care can become stressed and refuse to eat. Some box turtles will even starve themselves to death if action is not taken to get them to take nourishement. There are, fortunately, several techniques which can be employed to encourage them to eat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never attempt to force food into your turtle's beak as he may aspirate the material. You can gently tap on his beak with a piece of food to encourage him to open it and bite but he must take it on his own for safety reasons.

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