Natural Treats and Supplements for Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins

Posted by Britten & James on 22nd May 2023

Natural Treats and Supplements for Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins

At Britten & James we believe in giving our pets high quality, natural treats that they love, and that are wholesome and nutritious.  Calcidust is a good way to ensure that your turtles, terrapins and tortoises get the calcium that they need.  It is not necessary for all turtles, but it is a good idea to give it to turtles that are at risk of calcium deficiency, e.g. turtles that are growing rapidly, pregnant or laying eggs, or are older.

Benefits of adding calcidust to their diet

  • Calcium is essential for bone growth and development, to maintain strong bones and a healthy shell
  • Minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc, are important for turtle health
  • A lack of calcium can lead to shell deformities, such as pyramiding
  • Can improve egg production. Female turtles that are deficient in calcium may have difficulty producing eggs.
  • Can reduce the risk of conditions such as metabolic bone disease


Cuttlefish is a natural food for turtles, tortoises, and terrapins that they enjoy, and can help to keep them healthy.  It is naturally high in calcium, so you get the benefits of a calcium boost, but also has the following: -

Benefits of giving cuttlefish as a treat

  • Nibbling on cuttlefish can help turtles to keep their beaks trimmed and maintained.  The hard texture of the cuttlefish bone can help wear down the beak naturally, preventing overgrowth and related issues.
  • Other minerals in cuttlefish, such as magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc, are also important for turtle health.
  • Protein is essential for muscle growth and repair. Turtles need protein to stay healthy and active.
  • Cuttlefish is a good source of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), two of the most important omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA are found in high concentrations in the brain and retina, and they are thought to play a role in cognitive function and vision.

If you are considering giving your turtle cuttlefish, it is important to do so in moderation. Too much cuttlefish can lead to obesity and other health problems. As a general rule, you should only give your turtle cuttlefish once or twice a week.

Tips for giving your turtle cuttlefish

  • Cut the cuttlefish into small pieces so that your turtle can easily eat it
  • Place the cuttlefish in your turtle's tank
  • Monitor your turtle while they are eating the cuttlefish
  • Provide fresh, clean drinking water

It's always advisable to consult with a reptile veterinarian or herpetologist to determine the best diet and feeding practices for your specific turtle, terrapin or tortoise species.  

If you have any questions about Britten & James' products for your pet, please feel free to get in touch with us at, we're happy to help!