Yes, turtles can eat dragon fruit (also called pitaya).
However, they have to be fed it in very specific ways. It’s not at all like feeding a dog or cat which means you don’t have to worry about it getting sick. The only thing that could happen is that your turtle will get fat! That’s because pitaya is high in vitamins, minerals and calories. It’s also a good source of fiber which means your turtle will stay regular and continue to shed water and waste products at the same rate as normal. There are five different species of turtles that can eat pitaya. They are:
1. the common American box turtle,
2. the common Asian box turtle,
3. the giant African softshell turtle,
4. the olive ridley sea turtle, and
5. the green and hawksbill sea turtles.
Of these five species, the one that is most likely to be found in your area is the common American box turtle. It is the easiest to find and the easiest to care for. However, all five species of turtles can eat pitaya.
Why is dragon fruit good for turtles?
Dragon fruit is an excellent food for many reasons: It is high in vitamin C which is good for their immune systems. Dragon fruit is a great source of potassium which is important for muscle and nerve function. It is a good source of calcium which is needed for strong bones and teeth. Dragon fruit is a good source of iron which is needed for healthy blood. It is a good source of fiber which helps move waste through the digestive tract. Dragon fruit is very low in fat and cholesterol.
It has a very mild taste and is easy to digest. Turtle owners sometimes feed their pets dragon fruit because it is easy to obtain and it has very few calories.
How do you feed a turtles eat dragon fruit?
Turtle food should be a high-quality, nutritionally balanced diet that meets all of their nutritional needs. The first thing you need to do is to get your pet or pets used to eating the dragon fruit by offering it to them on a small piece of lettuce or celery. Give them only a little at first. Over time, increase the amount you are giving them until they get used to them. Continue to offer the vegetables first so they will get used to eating them sooner.
How long does it take for a turtle to digest dragon fruit?
It depends on the species of turtle and the size of the dragon fruit. Generally, it takes about three hours for a small (4-6 oz.) fruit to be completely digested. Larger fruits may take longer. 4-6 oz. of dragon fruit is usually sufficient to feed a small pet or a large pet every two days.
Will a turtle get sick from eating too much dragon fruit?
No. It is safe for most turtles to eat dragon fruit. However, if you are giving your turtle any type of fruit with a lot of fiber, it may cause them to have a bowel movement which will look like an oversized marbles in their feces. If this happens, just give them a little more vegetable food and wait until their next scheduled meal. This is a normal occurrence and is not harmful to the animal.
Does eating dragon fruit make a turtle more or less likely to get sick?
Eating dragon fruit does not make your pet more or less likely to get sick. However, it may cause them to have loose stool for a day or two after they eat it. This is nothing to worry about and is easily treated with a little extra vegetables and water.
Can I give my turtle dragon fruit juice instead of fresh dragon fruit?
Yes, you can give your pet the juice from one half of a dragon fruit (about 3 tablespoons) mixed into a little canned pumpkin or squash. This is a good alternative to giving your pet fresh dragon fruit if you are afraid he will not like the taste of it. However, make sure you don’t overdo it. Dragon fruit juice is not the healthiest treat for your pet and should only be given in very small amounts. If your pet starts to get sick after you give him this juice, immediately stop giving it to him and call your vet right away.
I have a big soft spot for turtles. I grew up near a pond that was full of snapping turtles. Now and then I’d see them crawling across our front yard, which was always exciting.
Now I write about turtles for this website as a fun side hobby. Glad you stopped by!