WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Prophetstown State Park is teaching campers about what a box turtle eats.
It's part of the parks program to teach campers about the area's wild life. The little box turtle at the program is estimated to be around 20-years-old and can live until the ripe age of 100.
Box turtles eat all sorts of foods, including worms, fish, melons and even dog food.
"They see this pile of wet dog food and think 'Oh that's not what a wild turtle should eat.' Well, she is a wild animal, but she does live in captivity. She is going to need that overall health and we provide it to her in the form of dog food," said interpretive naturalist Angie Manuel. "She actually loves it because dog food smells kind of funny."
During the summer, the box turtle typically eats every couple of days and about once a week in the winter time.
The turtle shown was donated to the park after the owner could no longer keep it.
Box Turtles are a protected animal and is illegal to have as a pet, unless grandfathered in.
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