Can Turtles eat oranges?

Turtles are the cutest beings. They can pose for a selfie. To make their smile more wonderful, giving them a healthy diet is a must. Therefore, Fruits are a good option—oranges in particular.

Turtles are the cutest creatures on the face of the earth. Their sluggish and slow movements make them likable. They give off that “baby” vibe. If you own a turtle as a pet, you are getting me. 

As fun as it sounds, keeping a pet turtle is a task that can drain you. It is a mischievous animal. You have to be on the watch most of the time. They will rip off your favorite teddy bear if you are not around. 

Keep an eye out for these little devils. 

Feeding your turtle is an easy task. They eat almost anything in moderation. A natural advantage is its omnivorous nature. You can provide them both animal flesh and fresh veggies and fruits. One thing to keep in mind is that pet turtles, mostly freshwater turtles, are relatively smaller. Exercise caution in the quantity of any food that you provide them. 

Identify the Dietary Requirements of Your Turtle

As aforementioned, a turtle has a varied diet. It ranges from insects and earthworms to leaves and vegetables. 

Tortoise, the ones that live on land, are mostly herbivores. They eat plants and graze on the grass. 

Turtles, on the other hand, have a diverse diet. It depends on many factors. 

Make sure to identify the requirements for your pet. It varies from pet to pet. There is no hard and fast rule for such a diet. It is so because of less research. 

Pet owners do a great job online. There are platforms online where you can find like-minded people and gain insight into their pet routines and diets. 

Factors Affecting Diet of Turtles

Many factors play a role in shaping the diet of a turtle. For your guidance and information, we will state some of them below.

Stage of Life 

The dietary needs of a young turtle vary from that of an adult. In the early life stages, there is more need for protein. Naturally, the young ones watch out for tadpole eggs and small fish for meeting protein needs. This happens in a wild setting. 

Now that we know of it feed your turtle some protein if it is young. 


There are 350 types of freshwater turtles in all parts of the world. All have different diets. Some tend to hut small fish, others like insects. Identify the species of your pet. It will help you plan the diet for your little ninja!


A lot depends on the habitat. In early life, turtles do not go off wandering too far places. They fulfill their needs from nearby surroundings. Thus most of them shape their diets according to their habitat. Tadpole eggs and small fish are a favorite. 


Yes, you heard it right. As mentioned earlier, turtles give off the “baby” vibe. There are chances where they may protest and deny any food you give. If this happens, make sure that they are in an optimal environment. If the condition persists for a long time, we suggest you see a veterinarian. 

Are Oranges Advisable For Turtles?

Let us address the elephant in the room. CAN TURTLES EAT ORANGES?

Yes! Turtles can eat oranges. There is no evidence suggesting otherwise. However, the biochemical composition of oranges compels us to exercise caution and feed them in moderation. It should not be a repetitive routine, nor should you plant an orange tree in your garden for this specific reason. 

Biochemical Composition of Oranges

Orange is a healthy fruit and a great energizer for humans. It is an excellent source of biochemical that is unavailable in other fruits. It contains Vitamin C and antioxidants in abundance. It has an acid, commonly called citrate, which is healthy for humans’ teeth and metabolism.

Turtles, unfortunately, are unlike humans. They have a separate and distinct metabolic pathway from us. The processing of their food is different.

Oranges are slightly acidic. Feeding your pet this in larger quantities may affect their digestion and processing of food.

The acid may cause the pH of the turtle’s gut to change. The citric acid may cause an inhospitable environment for gut bacteria. Gut bacteria are useful in digestion and cleaning of the stomach.

Less is more 

The notion “Less is more” perfectly applies here. If you want to feed your turtle oranges, make sure to supply them in moderation.

Often, turtles will show a liking or inclination towards a portion of food or fruit. They have favorites too. If your pet becomes a fan of the citric fruit by chance, you need to be extra careful. Make it a treat. Gift it on rare occasions. This rarity will make sure that they get their favorite food without affecting their health. 

DON’Ts of Feeding Oranges to Your Turtle

There are some guidelines. If you cannot resist the urge to feed your turtle oranges, make sure you do not do the following things. 

Orange Peel

Orange peels are not a significant problem. If, by accident, your turtle consumes them, it will not cause any significant complications. However, they shouldn’t eat the orange peel.

First, because even I’m not too fond of its taste. 

Secondly, your turtle most likely will not like it also. 

Third, because it is more acidic than the pulp. 

Finally, it is hard to digest. 

Orange Juice

It is a big NO! We sometimes underestimate for emphasis, but let us say once again, loud and clear, “Feed oranges to turtles in moderation.” The pulp may contain fiber, which is not unhealthy. Juice, however, is saturated and may have more citric acid than a whole orange. Therefore, it is not advisable to give them juice. You can drink it if you want to!

Orange Seeds

Make sure to remove the small seeds. These are unhealthy and indigestible. They may cause complications in the gut. Could you get rid of them when you see them? 


Your turtles are your asset. We value your care and worry. Therefore, we have been as candid and honest as possible. Turtles are sensitive beings; they respond to the slightest changes in their routine, diet, and environment. Control the controllable. Feed them oranges in moderation. You are in charge of and responsible for them. If your turtle is a Fanta fan, make sure to make it a treat for him. Feed it on rare occasions. We hope it helped!

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