Just to answer your question let me tell you – “Yes, Turtles can eat carrots. Except carnivorous turtles, most Turtles eat carrots with love and ease. Carrots form a delicious treat for them and it contains a lot of vitamins and nutrients.”
But you need to feed your turtles with a healthy variety of food items to keep them in good physical condition.
Today I this post, you’ll learn 7 other reasons why you should feed carrots to your turtles.
- #1. Carrots Improve the Vision of Your Turtle
- #2. Carrots are Inexpensive and Easy to get
- #3. Carrots strengthen the bones and shells of your turtle
- #4: Carrot prevents bone and skin diseases in turtles
- #5: When Turtles Eat Carrots, their Digestive System stays Good
- #6. Carrots are Highly Nutritional
- Can Turtles eat (raw) Carrots?
- Can Turtles eat Carrot Top?
- What Should You Not Feed Turtles?
- How do you feed turtles carrots?
- What can Water Turtles eat?
- Can You Feed Carrots to Baby Turtles?
- How much carrots can turtles eat?
- How often can I feed carrots to my turtle?
- Is carrot healthy for turtles?
- Do Turtles like Eating Carrots?
- What should I do if my turtle isn't eating carrot?
- Can Turtles eat cooked carrots?
7 reasons why turtles can eat carrots
Now it’s time to get to the point and tell your the seven awesome reasons why you should feed carrots to turtles.
Let’s dive right in…
#1. Carrots Improve the Vision of Your Turtle
If there is a lack of Vitamin A in your turtle’s diet, they may be prone to vision loss.
Carrots provide enough amount of vitamin A needed to keep your turtle’s vision in a healthy condition.
Just in case you notice your turtle’s eyes to be puffy, red and swollen then things aren’t good. You need to get your turtle to a vet.
This condition is called Hypovitaminosis A. Other symptoms may be:
- Loss of appetite
- Runny nose
- Embryo deformities in female turtles
- Respiratory infection
- Ulcerated skin
Besides, lack of vitamin A causes ear and aural abscesses, and squamous metaplasia in turtles.
To prevent such incidents, carrots are necessary for your turtle.
#2. Carrots are Inexpensive and Easy to get
I don’t need to emphasize the fact that carrots are easy to buy and are very much inexpensive. You can buy them in any near fruits and vegetables store.
#3. Carrots strengthen the bones and shells of your turtle
Feed your turtles carrots if you don’t want them to be weak. Carrots contain a lot of calcium and potassium that are helpful in strengthening not only ours, but also the bones and shells of your turtle.
If your turtle doesn’t get enough calcium and potassium, their shell will get soft, rubbery and thus they can suffer from turtle shell pyramiding.
#4: Carrot prevents bone and skin diseases in turtles
When turtles eat carrots they gain enough Vitamin D and calcium that increase bone strength and prevent skin diseases.
Another way for your turtle to gain VITAMIN D is to place them in the sunlight.
#5: When Turtles Eat Carrots, their Digestive System stays Good
Carrots contain a lot of dietary fiber. These fibers improve the digestive system of the turtles.
#6. Carrots are Highly Nutritional
Carrots are one of the best sources to get vitamins and antioxidants for the body.
Carrots contain Vitamin C in moderate and Vitamin A in high quantity. As you probably know, these two vitamins are vital to our health. It also contains potassium and biotin.
The below table represents the nutritional content in 100g of carrots.
|NUTRIENT||AMOUNT (per 100 grams)|
|Vitamin A||16,706 IU|
|Vitamin C||5.9 g|
|Vitamin K||13.2 mcg|
|Vitamin B1||0.067 mg|
|Vitamin B2||0.059 mg|
|Vitamin B3||0.982 mg|
|Vitamin B4||8.8 mg|
|Vitamin B5||0.274 mg|
|Vitamin B6||0.137 mg|
In fact, according to the Journal of Food Science and Technology, carrots contain much more nutrients and other essential components than the above ones. Carrots further contain:
- Beta carotene
- Alpha-carotene: it is partly converted into vitamin A in your body.
- Lutein: important for eye health.
- Lycopene (they decrease the risk of cancer and heart disease).
- Polyacetylenes (help protect against leukemia and other cancers).
- Anthocyanins (powerful antioxidants)
While turtles may or may not be prone to severe diseases like these, but despite that we cant change the fact that carrots are helpful for them.
For more infomation on the nutritional benefits of carrots you can refer to the article published by health line (Carrots 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits).
Due to the availability of a vast amount of nutrients, carrots are healthily for both humans and turtles.
There are multiple ways to feed carrots to your turtles.
But, before utilizing any method, you must wash carrots properly. Many fruits and vegetable sellers use chemicals to preserve their goods. These chemicals are harmful for both pets and humans.
So, soak carrots in lukewarm water for some time. Then, wash it using fresh water.
If you want to feed raw carrots, chop then into bite-sized pieces to prevent from choking. You may also serve carrot tops.
But, if you want to feed them cooked carrots, simply boil carrots for 5 minutes. Then cool it down using cold water.
Making special pudding for your turtle
Just in case your turtle doesn’t eat carrots, you can use carrots as a turtle pudding instead of a staple diet.
Here are the steps to prepare a turtle pudding:
- Use use frozen fish food (krill, Mysis, bloodworm) to form one-eighth of the pudding.
- Use shrimp and shrimp-pellets for another one-eighth.
- Use frozen cooked prawns and mussels to form another one-eighth. Use cooked seafood only. Raw seafood causes Thiaminase poisoning.
- Use fresh shrimp and fish (e.g. salmon). Place these in boiling water before adding it to the pudding mixture.
- Add turtle pellets for additional vitamins and minerals.
- Now, add the shredded carrots to the mixture. It should be one-quarter of the mixture.
- Add greens (duckweed, dandelion leaves, romaine lettuce, etc) in one-quarter quantity.
Now you can serve the final mixture to your pet turtle.
Can Turtles eat (raw) Carrots?
Yes, turtles can est raw carrots. In fact, most turtles prefer raw carrots. But, you should feed them carrots by first cutting them into small pieces, boiling them in water for atleast 5 minutes and then cooling the pieces under running water. Turtles don’t have teeth. So, you need to keep special care of not feeling hard food. If you do, you need to make sure to turn them soft.
Can Turtles eat Carrot Top?
Yes, turtles can eat carrot tops. You should feed carrot tops to turtles and tortoise sparingly as Carrot tops contain high percentage of potassium, oxalic acid, and have high protein content. Further, it has been found that eating carrot tops (leaves) improves the digestion system and imrpoves the nervous system of your little turtle pets.
Also keep in mind that dark and leafy greens are the good diet for turtles (unless they’ve carnivores). Carrot tops contain no toxins and hence are good diet.
What Should You Not Feed Turtles?
When feeding your cute turtles, you must not feed them with any dairy products (like cheese, yogurt, milk, etc). Also don’t feed them raw hamburger or meat.
How do you feed turtles carrots?
Slice the carrots into thin strips. Next, cut the remaining pieces into smaller cubes of 0.5 cm by 0.5 cm. However, since turtles don’t have teeth, you would need to boil the carrots in water for atleast 5 minutes. Cool the boiled carrots under cold tap water and feed your turtles.
Note that, if you give carrots in large chunks, your turtle may get choked.
What can Water Turtles eat?
Water turtles, or the aaquatic turtles eat a variety of food items like fish, earthworms, brine shrimp, bloodworms, mysis shrimp, and hard boiled eggs.
You can even feed them with apples, bananas, melons, romaine lettuce and some other plant foods.
For more information regarding what water turtles can eat, you should read our detailed guide on “what turtles eat“.
Can You Feed Carrots to Baby Turtles?
Generally, baby turtles eat anything you feed them. However, we recommend you to keep feeding baby turtles commercial turtle food while they are young. Commercial food provide the right amount of nutrition for proper development of baby turtles. Once the turles are adults, try feeding them more fruits and vegetables (including carrots).
How much carrots can turtles eat?
We advise you to add one serving of carrot (or any other vegetable) daily in your turtle’s diet. But, if your turtle eats worms or insects, offer carrots on alternate days.
How often can I feed carrots to my turtle?
You can feed carrots everyday to your turtle.
Just to be clear, you need to feed adult turtles only three to four times a week. However, if you own a baby turtle, feed them atleast thrice a day. If your turtle eats worms or insects, don’t offer carrots daily. Offer carrots on alternate days in such case.
Is carrot healthy for turtles?
Carrots are very healthy for turtles because of the following nutritional contents: Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 to B6, Vitamin C and E, Potassium, calcium, zinc iron, etc.
Do Turtles like Eating Carrots?
I’ve personally seen that in 90% of the cases turtles do eat carrots. However, turtles sometime do refuse to eat carrots due to their personal taste.
There is a chance that if you are feeding carrots for the first time, your turtle will refuse them.
Also, if your turtle is Carnivorous, it won’t ever eat carrot at all.
What should I do if my turtle isn’t eating carrot?
If turtle refuses to eat carrots do not force them. Try feeding them a smaller strips of carrots. Look for methods to change the taste of carrots. Example, by boiling them. This way, your turtle may like the taste of the carrots.
However, it’s quite natural that your turtle will refuse carrots despite all efforts. If that’s the case check whether your turtle is carnivorous or not.
If not then your turtle is refusing carrots either because they don’t like it at all, or you are feeding them carrots the first time.
Can Turtles eat cooked carrots?
Cooked carrots are much more nutritious can raw carrots. Carrots contain vitamins A, E and K that are fat soluble. Boiling carrots doesn’t affect these vitamins. Meanwhile, cooking the carrots breaks down the cell walls of carrots. The process frees up more nutrients than before. According to WEBMD there is also a possibility that heating raises calcium levels in the carrots.