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Have you used pre alpine before?


Active Member
May 18, 2017
Location (City and/or State)
I've heard about pre-alpine a few years back and all I knew about them was that they sold dried weeds. I recently found out that they also sell pellets similar to Mazuri. I was wondering if any of you have used the pre-alpine pellets and if they are better than mazuri or at least better than the mazuri that we have over here in the UK.

I have a Herman's Tortoise that is 3 years old and so far he loves mazuri and the zoomed grassland pellets. My tortoise only gets fed pellets once a week because from what I've heard some of these pellet foods are high in protein.

This is the mazuri I use

I bought some of these - Pre-alpine

Heres some other pre-alpine products


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Tortoise Club
Platinum Tortoise Club
Feb 17, 2016
Location (City and/or State)
Newport Coast, CA
I don’t feed any pellets but know Pre-Alpin is only the brand recommended by the Tortoise Table. I can’t find the specific post now but there is a long piece somewhere on the Tortoise Trust comparing the two brands, a primary benefit being the longer fiber length in Pre-Alpin. You can find a brief mention of its benefits in their article on Greek tortoise diet in the wild: http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/dietaryfibre.html. Be advised that the Tortoise Trust information has some of its basis in field observation and one of these observations is that wild tortoises eat a lot more dry and dense foods than others may think. I’m totally on board with that observation but its one that is definitely at conflict with some of our advice on feeding “juicy” greens.

Not that I could get my outdoor tortoise to eat dead leaves half the year; if she has access to anything alive in the yard she’s going to eat it. I just know that’s not how it would be in her native environment. It’s the reason I put energy into feeding tons of high fiber foods, even if they are tasty ones. I’m pretty sure if I was feeding pellets, I’d be using Pre Alpin.