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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:00 am 
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The correct diet for a tortoise is High in fibre and calcium and low in fat and protein.
So what can they eat and how much and how often?

Healthy
Dandelion
Sow Thistle
Clover
Wild Pansies
Vetches
Plantains
Grass
Turnip Leaves
Beetroot Leaves
Broccoli
Celery & leaves
Marigolds
Cauliflower
Carrot Leaves
Spinach
Alpine Plants
Watercress
Honeysuckle
Cabbage


Not so good (feed little)
Lettuce
Cucumber
Tomatoes

Treats
Apple
Strawberries
Pear
Peach
Melon
Grapes


DON'T FEED
Meat
Cat or Dog Food
Dairy products
Cakes/Biscuits
Bread products
Processed food
Bananas
Bean sprouts
Peas
Green beans
Brussels sprouts


If you can add more wildfoods or pretty much any info to this thread it will be good :)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:23 am 
Here are the edible plants list:

http://www.pfaf.org/leaflets/edible_uses.php

DO NOT feed the market brand tortoises pellets to tortoises as they are full of protein and will do them no good, in result can be part of the reasons tortoises grow faster and have paramid shells.

PS Red Footed Tortoises Geochelone carbonaria need a little bit protien in their diet now and again, so they are allowed to have a tiny bit of cat / dog food, usually just hydrated cat / dog biscuits.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:33 am 
The following list of plants / fruits / vegetables apparently are poisonous to Tortoise and Turtles / Terrapins

Avocado (leaves)
Bird Of Paradise
Bottlebrush
Caladium
Calla Lily
Carnation
Chinese Lantern
Christmas Cactus
Chrysanthemum
Clematis
Common Privet
Cone Flower
Daisy
Day Lily
Dieffenbachia
Dogwood
Dracaena
English Ivy
Eucalyptus
Foxglove
Hemlock
Impatiens
Iris
Ivy
Jasmine
Larkspur
Lily Of The Valley
Mesquite
Milk Weed
Mistletoe
Morning Glory
Mushrooms (some wild species)
Nandina
Oak
Oleander
Peach (leaves, pit)
Peony
Periwinkle
Philodendron
Poinsettia
Poison Ivy
Poison Oak
Poison Sumac
Pokeweed
Potato (leaves)
Pothos Ivy
Privet
Rhododendron
Rhubarb
Sage
Sago Palm
Schefflera
Snapdragon
Sweet Pea
Sweet Potato
Tomato (leaves)
Tulip
Verbena
Vinca
Walnut Hulls
Wisteria
Yew
Yucca


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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 3:16 pm 
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can you feed doc leaves? the gardens full here, could have as many as she wants if so :P

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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 5:41 pm 
Doc leaves? Don't know what they are.

For Hermans, you should feed weed, weed and more weed , so they don't grow fast and develop paramid shells.


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Dock leaves, commonly used to ease the itching of a nettle sting...

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:16 pm 
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for anyone else that was wondering, i asked on another forum and this was the reply...

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Docks are edible but tortoises don't usually eat them due to there bitter taste

also becareful feeding dock it has a high oxalic acid content which inhibits the tortoise from using calcium in its body.


I shall give it a pass me thinks :)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:13 am 
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hi all
torts also can eat, forget me knot. leaves and flowers mine love them, very cheap and very easy to grow


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Hi, been keeping torts for about 30 years. I sow clover, dandelions plantains etc. in my back garden and let the torts roam where they want. I have a wife who likes them, so the back garden was for them. We've just moved house so I am going to have to start the sowing process again. In the meantime, I am that person picking dandelions and plantains off the side of the road at 6 in the morning! :laugh:


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Dont forget to wash any weeds picked i try to stay clear of ones near roads incase they are contaminated with polloution from traffic, also some areas ( football pitches, grass verges) may be treated with weedkiller which are harmfull for your tortoise. If in doubt stick to your garden if posible.


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