I recently was given a box turtle from my moms friend that we rarely talk to and the turtle wont eat anything I give it. Ive never had one before so I looked online as to what to give it and I saw things like hard boiled egg whites, lettuce, apples, carrots, spinach, & thats what I gave him but he didnt seem to eat any of it. So I went to the pet store today and bought a can of food containing these pellet things, freeze dried baby shimp and krill and he wont eat that either. I dont know what else to try and we cant get in touch with my moms friend. Pleease help me
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How long has it not been eating? I wouldn't worry until it goes a couple of weeks. Turtles will sometimes go without food for a while. I have noticed this behavior when the turtles living conditions are changed abruptly, which may be the case for you.
I recently was given a box turtle from my moms friend that we rarely talk to and the turtle wont ... I dont know what else to try and we cant get in touch with my moms friend. Pleeeease help me

He may need to adjust to a new home...
I feed mine mostly canned dog food, plus fresh fruit and leafy greens.

Mine are not usually picky. ;-)
Try a fresh strawberry or a bit of canned dog food and see what he does?

Make sure the water dish is deep and large enough for the turtle to soak in!

K.
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"I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell‹you see, I have friends in both places." Mark Twain
Well he doesnt seem to be getting in his water dish.? I had this one temporary tank that didnt have any water so I would occasionally fill up the bathtub so he could be in water lol, and I guess he seemed to like that so then I got this new tank and the guy at petco reccomended that I buy this mulch-lookin stuff that they put in their turtles' cages so I did and he just burries himself under it all. I put him in his new cage a few days ago and havent seen him since
But I'll try the dog food once I can go to the store, thanks!
Hes not been eating for 4 or 5 days
"I recently was given a box turtle from my moms friend that we rarely talk to and the turtle wont eat anything I give it. Ive never had one before so I looked online as to what to give it and I saw things like hard boiled egg whites, lettuce, apples, carrots, spinach, & thats what I gave him but he didnt seem to eat any of it. So I went to the pet store today and bought a can of food containing these pellet things, freeze dried baby shimp and krill and he wont eat that either.

I dont know what else to try and we cant get in touch with my moms friend. Pleease help me" == Strongly suggest you do serious research in a few search engines that will give you links on care, housing, feeding, etc. on box turtles. They are primarily (but not exclusively) vegetarians..omnivorous is probably to broadly used to justify all kinds of animal proteins. Deep water..I think not..They may like to "soak" in warm water (do not cook it) for brief periods of time, and or use water to defecate in.

When we acquired a few species in preparation for the new turtle exhibit, it took a few days for 3 of them to "acclimatize" and the fourth about 5 days. Check out heat, lighting, temps to see what is proper for your turtle..east coast or western box turtle?
Another thing to keep in mind is what this turtle eats in the wild (a "land turtle" probably does not get to eat any/many krill in the wild). Although most any animal (even us) will eat what it likes, it may not be the best food for it in the long run..and or needs a very varied diet with just a tiny bit of animal protein or EVEN FRUIT!
The aquarium where I volunteer is setting for a 15/20 species turtle exhibit, and as a volunteer (un-educated)I do (and will) get to work with them as they show up. I am supervised by the "keepers".

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Well he doesnt seem to be getting in his water dish.? I had this one temporary tank that didnt have ... ago and havent seen him since But I'll try the dog food once I can go to the store, thanks!

Hope it helps. :-)
Turtles tend to poop in their water dishe and the box turtles really do like to soak.....
Good luck but don't worry for about two weeks as another poster said. Sometimes a big change like this can throw them off their feed for a bit. He won't die of starvation anytime soon.

K.
Sprout the MungBean to reply
"I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell‹you see, I have friends in both places." Mark Twain
Hes not been eating for 4 or 5 days

I only feed my gang once per week.
I have 5.

K.
Sprout the MungBean to reply
"I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell‹you see, I have friends in both places." Mark Twain
"I recently was given a box turtle from my moms friend that we rarely talk to and the turtle wont ... (un-educated)I do (and will) get to work with them as they show up. I am supervised by the "keepers". h

My box turtle won't eat vegetables or fruit.
He loves earthworms. I can't always find them, but he also loves superworms. He has the run of the house and sometimes won't show up to eat for several days. He also sorta hibernates in winter and doesn't eat. He hides and I have to hunt for him so he at least gets water.
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