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Mazuri tortoise food

Discussion in 'Russian tortoises' started by Cheryl Hills, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Cheryl Hills

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    Ok, knowing Russians don’t eat a lot of protein, is the mazuri tortoise food ok to feed them? I have to supplement my greens in the winter since they are store bought.
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    Mazuri is fine as a supplement.

    Just don't get the LS version... Tortoises seem to hate that version!
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    Yes. Its good for any species of tortoise. I like to feed it to them a couple of times a week. You can mix it in with greens too, if you like. Most tortoises love Mazuri, so this can be a good way to get them eating new foods too.

    I agree with Joe's Mum. Be sure to get "regular" Mazuri and not the "LS".
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    In Germany I can get only Mazuri for "Exotic leaf eater". Is that good for tortoises ?http://www.mazurizoofoods.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/68.pdf
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    Is there any reason to not use it other than most tortoises don’t like it? My tort eats both just fine and to me the “LS” version looks, smells and feels more like what a torts diet should be. The other kind just looks like light colored dog food
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    Not that I am aware of. You have less picky tort. Well dome :D
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    Have you had a look at the link in my post ? There it is said that the food is for tortoises.
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    I had two problems with it.

    1. None of my tortoises would eat it after repeated attempts.
    2. Soaking it would not turn it to mush and the pieces were too large for my small tortoises. My attempts to break, smash, or cut it into smaller pieces, were not successful.
    If neither of these are a problem in your case, then it is a good food.
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    I hadn't, but I looked at it now. The also make a primate diet labeled for "leaf eaters". I didn't know they also had a leaf-eater diet made and marketed for tortoises. At 23% protein, seems a little high for most species. Might be good as part of a varied diet for forest species like RFs or Indotestudo.
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    Ok sorry, another question... is turning it to mush a bad thing? That is the only way I can get my baby tort to even think about the mazuri.
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    Although my tortoises won't touch the L.S. type either.....The few reported cases we've had of a tortoise that seemed to like it seemed to be primarily Russian tortoises.
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    I started off soaking the LS version with the other Mazuri, I guess the same way you would start to introduce hays/grasses to a torts diet as they got older if they weren’t already interested in it. I mush both mazuris together and sprinkle that with grass clippings. After a week or so it was going after the LS version alone
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    No. That's what you need it to do for smaller tortoises. That is why the LS is a problem for smaller tortoises.
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