I saved a small spiny soft turtle from being slaughtered for its meat. It's around six-inches long. Our country declared it an invasive species, and says it needs to be terminated. That's why we can't release it in the wild, so I would like to keep it instead. It is not eating the blanched fish I gave it, and the pond isn't built yet because of its unexpected arrival. It's in a ten-gallon tank right now, without a filter. I'll try to install a filter tomorrow. What is appropriate to do in the meantime?
As far as food, could you try feeding it small live fish (like feeder fish sold in pet stores, if you have access to that), worms, or crickets (either alive or dead, they sell these in pet stores too). I bet it will love the pond you are building it. Just be sure that there is no way for the turtle to escape your pond area and go out into the environment - if it is seen as an invasive species in your area, it could do serious harm to your local ecosystems.
Updated on June 26, 2018
By Jessica Marello