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A Yellow-Bellied Slider's Diet

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The yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) is a species of turtle that can be kept as a pet. They are named for their yellow plastron, which is the underside of the shell. They are omnivorous, which means they derive their nutrition from both animal and plant sources. Interestingly, the diet of the yellow-bellied slider varies between juvenile stages and adulthood. Young sliders gravitate more towards meat-based diets, whereas adults are capable of subsisting only on vegetation if necessary.

Yellow-Bellied Slider Foods

Because these turtles are omnivorous, they can digest a variety of different things. In the wild, they eat leaves, seeds, algae, insects, small fish and tadpoles. In captivity, young sliders need to be fed daily, whereas adult sliders can be fed every two to three days. Crickets can be a source of protein, greens can provide nutrients, and fruits like peeled and cored apples, blueberries and strawberries make good treats. Commercial turtle foods are available, but their diet must include supplemental whole foods for good health.