How authoritative is the tortoise table diet guideline?

Angel Carrion

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I think they are overly cautious like others here have said, but I also think you know your tortie/turtle, and know their grazing habits. So if your guy isn't much of a grazer while in the enclosure or only grazes on the plants that are okay for them, then I think it would be okay. But if your guy grazes heavily on everything and anything growing inside the enclosure, then it might be a good idea to remove/not plant those there.
 

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They are overly cautious.... for example tomato is don't feed whereas occasional is fine.

Buttercup is also do not feed, but Joe would have died years ago if that were the case; I try to stop it spreading over my entire lawn, but I don't remove it because of Joe. I won't pick buttercups for him if I'm out weed picking though.

However, for beginners especially, I think it is brilliant and, it's better to be safe than sorry.
 

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They are overly cautious.... for example tomato is don't feed whereas occasional is fine.

Buttercup is also do not feed, but Joe would have died years ago if that were the case; I try to stop it spreading over my entire lawn, but I don't remove it because of Joe. I won't pick buttercups for him if I'm out weed picking though.

However, for beginners especially, I think it is brilliant and, it's better to be safe than sorry.

110% spot on and my thoughts on TTT exactly!! (Love that site!)
 

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I love TTT too, but they are overly cautious, which, for them is sensible, as they cannot risk being blamed for poisoning someones tortoise.
And don't forget that toxicity doesn't mean a nibble will cause your tortoise to drop down dead immediately.
Some may just make your tortoise a little bit ill, others build up until they reach a critical mass and then cause a problem and there are more that will slowly destroy internal organs over the years like us smoking cigarettes.
Did you know chocolate is poisonous?
It can kill many animals in only small doses and is toxic to humans too.
It causes theobromine poisoning but the amount that would be needed to be consumed to cause harm to a human is many kilos, though the elderly have been known to suffer from it more easily.
 

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I love TTT too, but they are overly cautious, which, for them is sensible, as they cannot risk being blamed for poisoning someones tortoise.
And don't forget that toxicity doesn't mean a nibble will cause your tortoise to drop down dead immediately.
Precisely what I was going to say, and in their shoes I would always err on the side of caution.
It is a fabulous tool, but I always take my research beyond their recommendations. More knowledge is always a good thing.
 

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They are a bit over cautious,but I suppose it's better than 5 years down the line thousands of tortoises get liver damage because of advice you have given,and if you have any queries just email them and they'll get back to you straight away.
When Benny B was born with the large egg sac,one of the TTable creators stayed online with me nearly all night,just giving advice and support ,because i was a wreck by this time.
She was fabulous ,fair play
 

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I love TTT too, but they are overly cautious, which, for them is sensible, as they cannot risk being blamed for poisoning someones tortoise.
And don't forget that toxicity doesn't mean a nibble will cause your tortoise to drop down dead immediately.
Some may just make your tortoise a little bit ill, others build up until they reach a critical mass and then cause a problem and there are more that will slowly destroy internal organs over the years

That's what I am thinking also.
 

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I recently had a tortoise die. I don't know why, but I did look up all the plants in my tort yard and I had a plameria (sp?) that lost its flowers. I think poor Shelby might have eaten them. I moved the plant immediately. According to The Tortoise Table it is in the same family as Oleander :( I think it can be helpful.
 

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