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So I have my first tortoise.... A Sulcata that is about 7 weeks now. It eats really well and everything I have fed it. I am learning how much to feed. Do you pick up the food they have not eaten ? if not how long do you leave it ? Just keep adding to it......Just wondering what everyone does.
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I throw a lot of grasses and grass inside
I leave it in for max 3 days
Then change it
I also give other food like cactus and mulberry leaves or hibiscus but only amounts that get eaten directly

Basically my sulcata has 24/7 enough grass and grasses to graze all day

My enclosure is at no time empty
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Thanks.....there is always food for my tortoise.....(haven't named it yet ) It eats well and pretty much everything.....Even cuttlebone. I have had it a week and it gained 1g.....LOL...Not sure if that is normal or not.
Jack
 

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If I might ask. Should the food be kept out from under the light/heat fixture?
Soo, you don’t have to remove the uneaten food every day? 3 day old wilted greens are ok? Thanks
 

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So I have my first tortoise.... A Sulcata that is about 7 weeks now. It eats really well and everything I have fed it. I am learning how much to feed. Do you pick up the food they have not eaten ? if not how long do you leave it ? Just keep adding to it......Just wondering what everyone does.
Thanks
Jack
They should be fed as much of the right foods as they will eat daily. I pick up leftovers every day (if there are any...) and put down fresh food.
 

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If I might ask. Should the food be kept out from under the light/heat fixture?
Soo, you don’t have to remove the uneaten food every day? 3 day old wilted greens are ok? Thanks
The food should be away from the heat sources. I feed only enough food for one day and give fresh food daily.
 

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Thanks everyone...I am just trying to find out how much to feed right now. He////she eats really well but I tend to over feed.....Its only 7 weeks old. I do give fresh every day and discard what is not eaten.....Thanks again.
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Thanks .....by over feed I mean I give it more then it can eat in a day. Here is a pic of food bowl. This is what I have fed so far and it seems to eat bits of it all. First day i had it ...It ate a 2" piece of cuttle bone....all of it.
Lawn clippings
Crab grass
Hibiscus leaves and flowers
Cactus
Timothy hay pellets
Squash blossoms and leaves
Ajuga
I'm sure there are a few others


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I give mine as much as they can eat. It’s all natural weeds with supplementary grocery greens. Of course pelleted foods are measured before feeding.
 

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@Tom do Burmese Stars need a lot of grass too? I know the other list is good for them but wondering if I should plan to push grass? Thanks!
 

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@Tom do Burmese Stars need a lot of grass too? I know the other list is good for them but wondering if I should plan to push grass? Thanks!
Yes. Mine have always shown and affinity for grass. They don't eat as much grass as a sulcata of the same size, but they do like grass, and I do think its good for them. I frequently mix grass into their other foods, or just drop it on top. They eat it all.
 

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Thanks .....by over feed I mean I give it more then it can eat in a day. Here is a pic of food bowl. This is what I have fed so far and it seems to eat bits of it all. First day i had it ...It ate a 2" piece of cuttle bone....all of it.
Lawn clippings
Crab grass
Hibiscus leaves and flowers
Cactus
Timothy hay pellets
Squash blossoms and leaves
Ajuga
I'm sure there are a few others
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Can you tell us what that substrate is please?
 
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