OK, I found a three-toed box turtle wandering around the neighborhood and rescued it before it became raccoon food... I've been feeding her wax worms, which she seems to love. Doesn't show a lot of interest in fruit or veggies, but there's always something there anyway. But she loves those wax worms.
Question is, how much should she be eating? Her shell is about 4"X6". Should I just let her eat her fill? She seems healthy and is very active.
TIA
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OK, I found a three-toed box turtle wandering around the neighborhood and rescued it before it became raccoon food... I've ... shell is about 4"X6". Should I just let her eat her fill? She seems healthy and is very active. TIA

After writing this, it also occurs to me is there anything (live food) that she eat? I wouldn't offer any of the bugs/grubs out of the yard if I didn't know what it was, but it would be good to know if there's anything poisonous that needs to be avoided..
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OK, I found a three-toed box turtle wandering around thneighborhoo and rescued it before it became raccoon food... I've been ... Her shell is abou4"X6" Should I just let her eat her fill? She seems healthy and is ver active TI

After writing this, it also occurs to me is there anything (liv food) that she eat? I wouldn't offer any of th bugs/grub
out of the yard if I didn't know what it was, but it would be good t know if there's anything poisonous that needs to be avoided.
OK, I found a three-toed box turtle wandering around the neighborhood and rescued it before it became raccoon food... I've been feeding her wax worms, which she seems to love.

I read - I think on the FAQ for this group - that wax worms should not be given to any animal - because in rare situations they survive being swallowed and chew their way through the inside of the animal. Buy meal worms instead.
P.S.: I have a eastern box turtle that loves meal worms and occasionally eats crickets. Haven't found any fruits or veggies that he will eat.
OK, I found a three-toed box turtle wandering around the neighborhood and rescued it before it became raccoon food...

Most turtles of the size you mentioned (which I just deleted - it was 6" by4") are safe from raccoons. Around here (Grand Rapids area, Michigan, U.S.) most common turtles are painted, snapping, and box turtles. The painted and box have large (relative to the size of the entire turtle), hard shells. Snapping turtles have somewhat smaller shells but are aggressive and sharp beak.
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OK, I found a three-toed box turtle wandering around the ... been feeding her wax worms, which she seems to love.

I read - I think on the FAQ for this group - that wax worms should not be given to ... box turtle that loves meal worms and occasionally eats crickets. Haven't found any fruits or veggies that he will eat.

I'm not sure any of these wax worms are surviving, but I'll keep that in mind, thanks. I discovered today that she eats strawberries, that's the first veggie I've actually witnessed her eating.
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OK, I found a three-toed box turtle wandering around the neighborhood and rescued it before it became raccoon food...

Most turtles of the size you mentioned (which I just deleted - it was 6" by4") are safe from raccoons. ... the size of the entire turtle), hard shells. Snapping turtles have somewhat smaller shells but are aggressive and sharp beak.

I'm mostly concerned about a particular raccoon that looks to be the size of a medium sized German shepard. wouldn't even want to mess with that sucker! The turtle has a little damage to it's shell, no structural damage, but it's apparent it's been in a dust-up with someone somewhere along the line, poor girl.