are turtles vegan

Are Turtles Vegan?

Are turtles vegan? Well, while they are vegetarian they aren’t actually vegan. Turtles are omnivores, meaning they both eat plants and animals. So, a diet that is vegan friendly, might not be suitable for turtles.

Turtle Diets

Turtles need a variety of foods to meet their nutritional needs. A good diet will include:

  • Protein – Fish, shrimp, chicken, eggs, crickets and mealworms
  • Vegetables – Leafy green veggies, peas and squash
  • Fruit – Apples, bananas and melons

Vegetarian Variations

A vegetarian diet for turtles can be tailored to fit the turtle’s individual needs. It should contain an adequate amount of protein from plants and vegetables. This can include:

  • Soy Products – Soybeans, tofu and tempeh
  • Grains – Pasta, oatmeal and quinoa
  • Legumes – Lentils, black beans and chickpeas

Be sure to provide freshly cooked vegetables, grains and legumes. If you opt for store bought products, make sure they are made specifically for turtles.


Although turtles may eat vegetables, they are not vegan as they consume both animals and plants. Therefore, it’s important be mindful of what you feed your turtle and provide a balanced diet tailored to its specific needs.

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