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Rescued RES turtle won't eat

I rescued a RES about 5 months ago. He was in pretty rough shape. I don't know how old he is, but his she is a little over 4 inches. He wouldn't eat when I first brought him home and I knew he would take some time to adjust. He had awful shell rot and was just angry and scared. Over time he still wasn't eating and I noticed that when he pooped, it was white and looked like worms. I thought that must be it. Brought him to the vet and had him treated. The worms are all clear but he still is not interested in food, at all. He lives in a 40 gal tank (I am getting a 75), has his lights, basking area, water heater. I have offered butter lettuce, blueberries, carrots, I have made turtle shots, pellets, dried meal worms & shrimp. I have soaked food in tuna water. Nothing. He won't touch it and shows no interest. He's making me so nervous. He's active and he even becoming sweet with me.  I just don't know what to do anymore.  I'm at a loss. I am thinking that the previous owners fed him feeder fish which is why he isn't interested in what I am offering and also how he ended up with worms. Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Rescued RES turtle won't eat

Hi Lunachick1974


Thank you for your question and welcome to the community! I'm sorry to hear that your turtle isn't eating, I've sent this along to one of Petco's animal care specialist for advice. Here's a care sheet on red ear sliders that may be helpful. In the mean time, I'd love to see a photo of him! What's his name?


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Re: Rescued RES turtle won't eat

Mines such a picky eater! Ive actually now gotten him to eat fully defrosted fish of many variety's, its one of those keep throwing things in the water to see if they like it type of thing. Mine enjoys pineapple of all things lolol
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