Can Turtles Eat Parsley?

Parsley isn’t just good for garnish; it can actually be added to your pet’s diet!

Parsley is also considered safe for pets, even those that are reptile-like.

However, some animals do not tolerate parsley very well.

So the question is – Can turtles eat parsley?

Turtles can eat parsley.

Parsley is a great source of vitamins and minerals that are good for your turtle’s health.

It has been shown to reduce the risk of bladder stones and help with other urinary tract issues in turtles.

Parsley is a great addition to your turtle’s diet.

It provides them with nutrients that help keep their shell healthy and aids in their ability to properly metabolize waste.

This article will cover how much parsley needs to be fed daily for an adult turtle as well as what types of parsley should be used

Sound good?


Let’s get started!

I want to first talk about the nutrients parsley has and how it can help your turtle

Nutrition Facts

Parsley is a great herb for both humans and reptiles. It helps with digestion, allergies, and more.

Pet owners are beginning to include parsley in their reptiles’ diets because it is one of the most popular herbs in the world.

Here’s what parsley has which makes it very healthy

Vitamin A

Helps Keep Bones Healthy, Teeth Strong, Skin Smooth

Vitamin C

Helps maintain healthy connective tissue throughout the body, supports wound healing, and makes it harder for bacteria to attach to cells.

Vitamin K

Essential for Blood Clotting (Necessary), Bone Health & Skin Health. Found Mostly In Green Leafy Vegetables Such As Parsley, Spinach Or Broccoli.

Now we know the health benefits of parsley, let’s look at how much you should give your turtle to eat

How much parsley should turtles eat?

There is no exact amount of parsley that will be eaten by your turtle on any given day.

It all depends on the type and size of your turtle as well as what they are eating other types of food with it or not.

Turtles require approximately 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high quality reptile food three times weekly for an adult turtle or juvenile turtles mixed in with other food of course.

It is possible for your turtle to get too much oxalic acid from eating certain types of parsley, so it is important that you know what type you are feeding your turtles before adding it to their tanks or plates.

Different type of Parsley turtles can eat

Flat leaf garden plants are great choices because they grow well indoors and outdoors.

They are available in various sizes and colors.



We suggest growing garden flat leaf parsley because it resembles cilantro and it’s lower in oxalic acid than regular curly parsley.

Also, it contains more vitamin C than regular curly parsley.

What you should do before feeding parsley to your turtle

First, you should wash the parsley by rinsing it under water to remove any dirt.

Then, chop up the parsley into small pieces that your turtle won’t have to struggle with.

Mix the parsley with other veggies, not just because it gives your turtle a healthy diet, but also adds different flavors for him to enjoy.

Here’s how to prepare parsley for your turtle 

Wash away any trapped dirt by rinsing under a tap.
Cut into smaller portions
Serve with other veggies

Just with any food either fruits or veg there are always risks

Having too much of a certain fruit and veg can cause harm

So let’s look at the risk factors of parsley to your turtle

Things to consider when feeding parsley 

Parsley is safe and healthy for reptiles – as long as they don’t eat too much at once.

It shouldn’t be their main diet

This means that if you have an adult turtle who consumes all of her parsley at once, it could cause kidney damage because she won’t eat regularly enough to maintain proper nutrition levels.

Turtles should always have access to plenty of fresh water so they can drink throughout the day!

Raw veggies aren’t good for turtles because they go down into their stomachs instead of being digested properly.

Can younger (baby) turtles eat parsley?

Parsley is known for its positive effects on energy levels and happiness.

It also helps reduce appetite and contain calories.

Younger turtles require more vitamin K, vitamin A, and calcium than older turtles.

This helps with their growth.

It is important that you are providing your juvenile turtle with adequate amounts of Vitamin K, Calcium, Magnesium, Beta Carotene, and Folate on a daily basis.

Parsley provides these nutrients without having too much of an effect on the diet which makes it perfect for younger turtles.

Wrapping Up 

Turtles love eating parsley because it gives them lots of vitamins and minerals that help keep their shells strong and healthy.

They also benefit from its detoxifying properties, helping their kidneys to process waste.

Parsley is rich in nutrients that benefit both humans and animals alike.

These are just a few of the reasons why you should include this leafy green vegetable in your pet’s diet.

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