- Yellow-bellied sliders are found in shallow rivers and lakes where algae is abundant.grenouille rousse 04 image by Luc PATUREAU from Fotolia.com
Yellow-bellied sliders are often found at the bottom of shallow rivers and lakes, where vegetation such as algae and underwater plants is plentiful. Baby yellow-bellied sliders are vulnerable to predators such as birds and fish, so they are often found hiding within plant vegetation in order to protect themselves.
- Yellow-bellied sliders eat mostly plants in their adult years.lilly pads image by blaine stiger from Fotolia.com
Yellow-bellied sliders are omnivorous animals, eating both plants and animals (usually insects and snails). Adult yellow-bellied sliders tend to eat mostly plants, feeding commonly on algae, plant stems, roots, fruits and leaves.
Insects and Small Animals
- Yellow-bellied sliders eat small animals such as frogs, tadpoles and crayfish.Close-up of pond frog image by Talya from Fotolia.com
Yellow-bellied sliders eat larger insects, tadpoles, and even frogs. It is unusual for them to eat live fish. In the wild, yellow-bellied sliders often eat insects such as dragonflies and waterbugs as well as crayfish and aquatic snails. Yellow-bellied sliders generally eat a high-protein diet in the wild.
- Juvenile yellow-bellied sliders are more carnivorous than adults.dragonfly, image by david purday from Fotolia.com
Adult yellow-bellied sliders are omnivores while juveniles tend to be more carnivorous. Young yellow-bellied sliders eat snails, insects, dead fish and tadpoles.
- Yellow-bellied sliders in captivity are often fed vegetables, fruits, worms, and even chopped meat.Yellow-bellied Terrapin image by Daniel Mortell from Fotolia.com
In captivity, yellow-bellied sliders eat commercial turtle food (usually in the form of pellets), lettuce, fruits, earthworms, mealworms, crickets, and even chopped meat.