Can Turtles Eat Raw Shrimp?

Can Turtles Eat Raw Shrimp?

Yes, turtles can eat raw shrimp. Turtles may prefer to eat dried shrimp but raw shrimp is definitely an option for a food that you can feed to your pet turtle.

More Detailed Answer

One of the good options is to keep the shrimp frozen until you are ready to feed it to your turtle and then thaw it out first before giving it to your turtle.

Be careful however to only give shrimps that are the right size for their bodies. If you give too much raw shrimp to your turtle you run the risk of them trying to feed on shrimp to big for their small stomachs.

If a turtle eats too many raw shrimps that are too big for their stomach they run the risk of their stomachs exploding. Therefore you need to be extremely cautious and only give them raw shrimps in moderation.

Important Notes for a Turtles Health

It is also important to note that a turtle needs a well balanced diet to be healthy.

What this means is that the cannot only eat raw shrimp. They should be eating other foods as well such as turtle pellets from the pet store. This can take up to 25% of their diet.

Other healthy options for their diet include dried shrimp. Turtles also enjoy blood worms, eat worms and a bit of liver once in awhile.

Additionally it is good to note that sometimes raw meats can contain dangerous bacteria so you need to be careful which type of raw shrimp you are feeding them.

If you are unsure it is best to go to your local pet shop to get some more answers before trying to feed raw shrimp to your turtle.

As well it is good to cut up larger shrimp into smaller pieces for smaller turtles so it doesn’t become a choking hazard for them.


Yes, turtles can safely eat raw shrimp in moderation.

Make sure to cut up the bigger shrimps and if they are frozen make sure to thaw them out to room temperature first before feeding to your turtle.

There is always the risk of dangerous bacteria on raw meats and also the chance of your turtle overeating.

Be careful and if you have any questions ask your vet or local pet shop first.