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Hello Everyone,

My little guy squirt (Sulcata) loves his mazuri pellets he is one year old. I feed him a mixture of greens in the morining before work with a salad style dressing (hay) for a topper and a dash of calcium. His lights are set for 8 to 8 for basking light plus Uva bulb to turn on. When my wife gets home from work 3:30 his entire salad has been eaten and his waiting for his dinner a mazuir pellet. We soak it for 60 sec before feeding it to him and he eats every little bit of it. I was wondering if I could give him more because he loves it so much I don't want to over feed him. After he is done eating it we offer him more greens which every once and a while he will eat them. So he eats his greens during the morining hours and his mazuir in the afternoon hours then a snack of greens are offered after his mazuri is gone. Normally in the morining hours when I feed him the snack of greens are still there. so i toss them out and give him fresh Greens.

Please let me know if I should change anything im trying hard to give him what he needs. To be a healthy guy!

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I give my Cooper around 10-15 at dinner time. But his greens make up about 80% of his diet, so I would give yours more just make sure the greens are the biggest part of his diet. Also, since Cooper is so big for his age, is why I give him the amount of Mazuri he gets. 20 months old, 17 lbs, 15 inch's long. How big is your guy?
 

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The feeding directions on the Mazuri website suggest 2 - 4% of the tortoises body weight. One pellet of Mazuri weighs approximately 1 gram (un-moistened). My assumption is that would be sufficient for a daily feeding of Mazuri. That means that Cooper, Chris's large sulcata, should be given 150-160 grams (pellets) for a full meal.

I feed Mazuri to my 15 lb sulcata about 3 times a week. It is always mixed with timothy hay, bermuda grass (or hay), cactus, or some other greens that he has chosen to ignore. I put about 45 grams of Mazuri into the mixture, or about a third of the total weight is Mazuri. He would much rather eat mulberry or grape leaves and if he sees them in my hand he will stomp around until I hide them from sight. They see better than I thought.
 

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I agree, a little more then one pellet would probably be fine. However I would not be giving the calcium every day. Twice a week for the calcium. Some only feed Mazuri twice a week.
 

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wellington said:
I agree, a little more then one pellet would probably be fine. However I would not be giving the calcium every day. Twice a week for the calcium. Some only feed Mazuri twice a week.

Is it ok to feed him one pellet everyday?


What can happen if a tortoise has too much calcium? Side affects? so his main food would be the greens 80% and 20% the Mazuri and hays?

Thanks for the help!!!
 

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He's going to grow really fast if you feed him Mazuri everyday. I only feed it twice a week. It snot right or wrong, just my preference. Some feed it more, some never feed it. They don't need it, but I do think it's good for them.

On the calcium: Yes. You CAN use too much. Too much interferes with the absorption and balance of other elements and minerals. Opinions ruthe spectrum on this too, but I have found s small amount, twice a week to work very well. Others use it every other day, and I know some people who never use it. All of the above produce healthy tortoises. Don't stress too much over it. The is a wide margin of error permissible here. Personally, I would not use it everyday, for fear of causing some imbalance.
 

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Tom said:
He's going to grow really fast if you feed him Mazuri everyday. I only feed it twice a week. It snot right or wrong, just my preference. Some feed it more, some never feed it. They don't need it, but I do think it's good for them.

On the calcium: Yes. You CAN use too much. Too much interferes with the absorption and balance of other elements and minerals. Opinions ruthe spectrum on this too, but I have found s small amount, twice a week to work very well. Others use it every other day, and I know some people who never use it. All of the above produce healthy tortoises. Don't stress too much over it. The is a wide margin of error permissible here. Personally, I would not use it everyday, for fear of causing some imbalance.

Thanks for the info i will start giving him calcium twice a week and mazuri 3 times a week. He looks to be around 4" to 4 1/2" in shell lenght any idea what age he is? I was told a year.

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About a year sounds right. Mazuri is a good addition to your torts daily greens. I feed my sulcata 3 pellets daily. Now I see a change. She has gotten wider. But before this she didn't have much of an appetite. Now she does...
 

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My torts breakfast consist of Mazuri and some finely chopped greens and for dinner he gets spring mix and he has access to grass and weeds in his enclosure all day.
 

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I give my little guy mazuri almost every day. Mostly greens. And calcium 2x a wk. when I first got Flash there wasn't much growth and there was pyramiding but once I started him/her on mazuri and soaks there was def a lot of improvement. Went from just under 3" to 7" in across his shell.
 
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