Can Turtles Eat Lettuce?

Turtles can and do enjoy eating lettuce.  Most turtles are omnivorous creatures which means that they will eat just about anything.  However some of their favorite things to eat include leafy green vegetables such as lettuce.  They also love to eat small fish and insects.  However this does not mean that you should feed your turtle anything that you want.  Table scraps are never acceptable for a turtle, and these creatures also require a healthy and balanced diet.

Some pet owners have found that adding a variety to their turtle’s diet ensures the best health and also helps the turtle not get sick of what it’s eating.  Among the better commercial foods for aquatic and semi aquatic turtles are Tetra Reptomin floating turtle sticks.  Some pet owners have found that getting creative and mixing them with other fish foods, bits of meat, and vegetables such as lettuce can help since the floating sticks by themselves are a bit expensive.

It is perfectly fine for your turtle to eat lettuce; however something to keep in mind is that turtles are generally quite messy when they eat.  Because of this owners should try their best to keep water clean and free of debris.  Lettuce when left uneaten can easily make a tank dirty in a matter of minutes.  Another thing to watch out for are small decomposing amounts of flesh as they can get trapped under rocks and logs and contaminate your turtle’s environment.  Lettuce can be sticky when it gets soggy and is also easily trapped underneath rocks.  This is why it is important to keep an eye on your turtle when feeding it such things and to remove any uneaten portions from the tank immediately.

If you ever notice your turtle seeming lethargic or appearing to have cloudy skin patches or milky eyes this is a good indication that your turtle may have very poor nutrition or could even have a disease.  If this is the case a veterinarian who knows a lot about reptiles should be consulted as soon as possible to determine whether or not the turtle’s diet is a cause or if there are other factors involved.

It is important that you keep a close watch on your turtle’s diet, and if you own more than one turtle, make sure they both get to eat equal amounts of food.  Turtles are generally messy when they eat, so make sure to keep the water clean and free of debris, as small decomposing particles of flesh can get trapped under rocks and logs and contaminate your turtle’s environment.

Try adding a little variety to your turtle’s diet.  They love vegetation such as lettuce, other leafy vegetables, cabbage, berries, alfalfa and cloves.