Last fall we went to a turtle event in Cesena, Italy and I coud’nt resist to this sweeties
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Gracie basking in the afternoon
DIY water turtle food
Since Gracie doesn’t eat pellets and other industrial food, I wondered if she will eat frozen-home-made-turtle-gel-food! Well the best way to find out is to try. So I search some info on the net and in books, I found some recipes but all of them had meat, egg and one recipe had also milk!!! Did you already see a turtle drink milk?
I feed my cats BARF since more than 10 years now and know how important it is for an animal’s living in captivity to have a balanced, wild equivalent kind of diet so I went to a big market store (in Switzerland is Migros) and searched for sea food.
We know that water turtle eat snails, little shrimps, earthworms, and insects. They eat seaweed and other algae or similar sump vegetation. So for me was clear that in this recipe I will not include any kind of meat, eggs, milk and no other weird food for a water turtle.
I went home with some ingredients and here is my fist DIY turtle food.
– sardines in olive oil
– sepia (calamari) in olive oil
– ExoTerra de-shelled snails
– wakame algae
– romana lettuce
– gelatin in foil form
– sera reptile Carnivor, grinded
– Exo Terra Calcium + D3
– comestible red color
– water, grinder, kitchen supplies
Wash the sardines, sepia, mussels, shrimps to eliminate the excess of salt an oil.
Soak the wakame algae (you can find these comestible algae in any Asia shop), chop 3-4 leaves of romana salad.
Soak 4 gelatin foils in 300ml warm water. If you have gelatin in powder, use enough for ca. 500 ml of liquid.
When the gelatin has liquefied, pour the water in a grinder with ca. 300 gr. sea food (sardines, sepia, mussels, shrimps) and the choped romana lettuce. Grind.
Add the wakame alge without water. Grind
Add Exo Terra Calcium + D3, I added 3 scoop for 500 ml of food. Unfortunately I didn’t find useful information about this product. I will look after it. Grind
Add 50gr. sera reptile Carnivor previously grinded. Grind (I have it, way tow it away!)
Add the comestible red color to the paste, enough to bring the hole to a nice red color. Red animates turtle to eat. Grind
Now you are finished with the grinder. Add the snails as they are and pack the paste in a flat cellophane bag, I used 2, and let it cool down.
Put the hole in the freezer.
The next day you can break a piece and give it as it is to the carnivore or/and omnivore turtle.
Gracie loves this new DIY mix and I am happy that I know exactly what is in this gel.
I am not so pleased with the storage solution; they must be a better way to prepare portion big enough for small turtles. I have to check out the calcium+phosphor ration and I may add more greens for the next batch.
Anyhow I find it really easy to do and all the ingredients can be found in all big grocery stores. If you tray this out let me know, I will be pleased to hear from other turtle lovers.