After a long day of climbing, swimming, basking, digging and burrowing, a box turtle can work up quite an appetite!
And while your typical catered dinner is reliably delicious and always well-timed, there is no substitute for the thrill of the hunt.
Plus, this is the best way to guarantee your prey will be super-fresh (if it is still wriggling, even better!).
You can just sneak right up on it, tracking it with your keen whirling red eyes, getting closer and closer until….CHOMP.
NOTE: As a long-time vegetarian (who now just eats fish every so often), it was hard for me to wrap my mind around Bruce’s biological need for meat protein. When he was first rescued to me, I couldn’t get him to eat anything at all! Finally in desperation, I went to the pet store and purchased a little tub of live mealworms. The moment Bruce saw them, his red eyes lit up and started to whirl….suffice it to say he ate. Boy did he. It is what he needs. As a responsible rescue mommy, it is my job to make sure Bruce has what he needs to stay happy and healthy in a long-term captive setting.