Your red eared slider does not eat their food, it is one of the biggest concerns that new turtle owners have. I was very excited when I first bought my baby red-eared slider. But the excitement slowly fades away when I noticed that my turtle is refusing to eat.
I have tried everything to solve the problem and make sure that mu red eared slider can live a healthy and long life. And if you are in the same situation, don’t worry! Here are what I did to solve this situation.
#1 Why isn’t my red eared slider eating?
There are several reasons for red-eared sliders refusing to eat: Change of environment, Incorrect temperature ranges in the enclosure, Boring about same type of food they are given every day, No UVB light, Being ill or having some health issues.
The most common reason is that they are get bore about their diet or the sudden change to a new type of food that’s different from the food it was eating before.
#2 What to do when they are refusing to eat?
if your turtle is refusing to eat the same food you give it every day, there are the big change that they get bore. If that’s the case, start to experiment. Provide them with the best food for red eared slider. Giving your pets different types of food until they start to like some of them.
Aside from that, you can try to entice it with live food. The movement of live food can attract red eared slider, stimulate eating. Insects such as crickets, flies and some bugs are good choices for a start. However, you should not feed only live food, mix it with regular commercial prepared food.
#3 What to do if red-eared slider refuses to eat pellets?
This is what I have done, soaking the pellets in canned tuna water. The flavor of tuna will attract your slider and make them want to it their pellets.
Besides, keep your tank temperature always constant about 80 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Living in the lower temperature levels for a prolonged period can make baby slider will stop eating and will postpone their growth