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The project I am working on is called “Which Type of Fish do Turtles

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Prefer to Eat?” I chose this topic because I wanted to see if the size and color of

the fish really matter when it comes to the turtle’s eating. I also chose this topic

because of the fact that I always have greet colored fish left in the tank after I feed

I am especially interested if the size of the fish matters when the turtles

are eating. I say this because when they are eating it looks like they go after a

particular type of fish it usually is the bigger fish in the tank. But the main thing I

really want to figure out is if it really matters to the turtle. I want to know this

because maybe turtles are like other animals in that they might chose the food they

eat or maybe they don’t care what they eat.

The materials I used to conduct my project were very simple.

I used

two turtles which were my own and I uses a thirty gallon tank to house the turtles

used goldfish as the food for my experiment. The goldfish I used varied in size and

color. Some of the fish were big and some were of medium or small size. The

color of the fish also varied. Some of the fish were orange, white, red, or Gerry

used a video camera to record the turtles section of fish. I recorded the activity of

the turtles when I was not there to watch them.

Some of the other things I used were a feeder to help me monitor what

type of fish I was feeding the turtles.


The procedure I used was simple. Every day I would put in different types of fish.

One day I would put in big fish with a orange color and the next day I would put in

fish that were smaller and that have a different color. I did this for three months.

After each feeding period I would record my results.

I think that the turtles will eat the fish according to their size. I feel that

the big turtle will eat big fish and the smaller turtle will eat the smaller fish. And for

the color of the fish I think that the turtles will choose the brighter colored fish

because they are easier to see and that the turtle may have an easier time

distinguishing it as food instead of a rock or log or something floating in the water.

The results I had were that the smaller turtle still ate the bigger fish and

that the turtles seemed to always eat the brighter colored fish first. Really I think

that the turtles really didn’t care what size e the fish was but what the really cared

about was the color of the fish. I say this because each time I fed them there

always seemed to be a lot of gray colored fish left over. The results of my

experiment somewhat correlated to my hypothesis in that the color of the fish has

an affect on what the turtle will eat.

The conclusion of my experiment is that the turtles don’t really care

about the size of the fish, but the turtles really care about the color of the fish. I

know this because during my experiment the turtles seemed to favor the orange

fish and the always left the gray fish there. Even when there were only gray fish in

the tank the turtles still did not choose to eat them. So in conclusion of my

experiment the turtles don’t really care for size but the turtles really care about the

Scientific classificationTrachemys Scripta Elegans.

Common nameRed-Eared Slider or Florida turtle.

Geographic distributionThis native of the south of the United

States is found in many places of the world. It has been introduced by people who

bought them as pets to later release them in the wild when they decide they don’t

want to keep them anymore. This represents a big problem. In southern Europe,

for example, the red-eared slider competes for survival against the costume of

Europe who is now in danger of extinction.

SizeIt can grow up to 30 cms (11.8 inches).

LongevityIn the wild it can live about 20 years, but in captivity some

specimens have been reported to live up to 40 years.

Physical descriptionIt is dark green with yellow lines and distinctive

red patches at both sides of the head. Sliders can be distinguished most easily by

their rounded lower jaw (which is more squared off in Pseudemys species). The

toes on her rear legs are connected by a membrane (like ducks), since they are

Gender identificationMales have longer claws in their front

legs. The cloaca in females is located closer to the carapace than in males.

Red-eared Sliders (Chrysemys scripta) are found throughout the United States east of the

Rockies. The subspecies C. s. elegans is the one most often sold in pet stores here and

abroad. These fresh water turtles spend much of their time in the warm waters of their

native habitat. While they are strong underwater swimmers, these sliders spend much of

the warmer hours of the day hauled out on logs or rocks (or, when very small, on marsh

weeds and other aquatic plants) basking in the sun. All of the sliders are omnivores, eating

both animal protein and vegetable/plant matter. Younger turtles need up to 40% of their

food from protein sources; adult turtles feed more heavily on vegetation. In the wild they

begin by eating tiny fish and amphibian larva, water snails and a variety of plants growing

It is illegal in the U.S. for pet stores to sell turtles less than four inches in length (this is

problematic for those species whose full adult size is 4″ or less!). The ones sold legally will

be at least four inches long from the neck end of the carapace (top shell) to the tail end of

the carapace. If male, it will be somewhere between 2-4 years old and already sexually

mature. Wild females reach maturity later, between 5-7 years, and will then be over 5

inches in length; in captivity, females may reach maturity at about 3 1/2 years. You will be

able to tell male from females: males are smaller than females in overall body size but have

As with all wild-caught reptiles, the animals found in pet stores have been under stress for

some time. As a result, they are most likely suffering from protozoan and bacterial

infections, including Salmonella which is easily transmitted to young children.

Additionally, they are usually emaciated and dehydrated due to long periods of time

without food or water or being held in areas too cold to stimulate the appetite; many of

these turtles will not eat when they are stressed or frightened, and cannot eat when they

are too cold. As soon as you can after you take your turtle home, scoop up a fresh fecal

sample and take it and your turtle to a reptile veterinarian. While the feces is being tested,

the vet will check out your turtle for signs of nutritional deficiencies, topical bacterial or

fungal infections, beak overgrowth, respiratory and eye infections – all very common in

wild-caught animals (and in captive turtles who have not been provided with the proper

environment or diet). Make sure your turtle is given all the medication prescribed by the

vet. If you have trouble administering it yourself, take your turtle back to the vet to have it

done. If maintained at the proper temperatures, fed a healthy varied diet and kept in a

stress-free active environment, your turtle may outlive you: some individuals have lived

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