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Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by Turtlepete, Jan 27, 2015.

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  1. Turtlepete

    Turtlepete Well-Known Member

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    I thought this might be an interesting topic to explore.

    I'm thinking about breeding a couple feeder rats again, for various reasons. I figured that while I'm at it, I might try using this to partially satisfy the meat protein portion of my red's diets (as well as other turtles I have). Main reasons being, I feel this is more nutritional then the cooked chicken that I've always used. Feeding whole prey gives the organs and bones, not just the meat. I feel that a medium-sized rat on a proper diet would be more nutritional. Just a random thought. I know a few keepers feed mice, but I feel mice are too fatty, though I suppose they are only seldom fed anyways. But do any of the veteran turtle and tortoise keepers ever use mice?

    Please note that all rats I feed to anything are never fed live. No reason for anything to ever suffer, and it's an unsafe practice regardless.
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    I used to feed both when they were available to me. They were certainly a favorite food. I did find it pretty gross and smelly..probably why they liked it.
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    Thanks Ben. I was actually going to text you that question, haha. Out of curiosity, did you ever give them to your forstenii at all? I know they aren't big meat eaters, but I thought meat protein was occasionally offered. It certainly wouldn't be a regular.
    I would definitely be killing them first. No reason for a massacre. I've seen monitor's fed live rat pups…..Pretty disturbing. Turtles are almost as bad.
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    Yes the forstenii loved mice or rats when offered. Other items they enjoyed were shrimp, squid, and land snails. The only meat offered these days is a lean ground turkey mix that I make for my cuora and kinixys. They get this a few times a year.
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