Michelangelo's Diet

Michelangalo

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Hi, I would be pleased to know what can I give my tortoise to eat, and what diet is needed for it to be a healthy tortoise
 

The_Four_Toed_Edward

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With feeding tortoises, you should remember:
  • Strive for a big variety
  • Keep a track of your tortoises growth (aim for a steady and slow growth and weight gaim from month to month)
  • When it is possible, feed them suitable outdoor plants
  • Greek tortoises digestive system is not suitable for fruit
  • Fiber and nutritional value: Many grocery store items have very litlle fiber or any nutritional value (especially diffrent types of lettuces and cucumber). If you feed a lot of these I would supplement with tortoise pellets for fiber and some calcium powder to maintain a good Ca : P ratio
  • Greek tortoises are strict herbivores
  • Fresh water should always be available
What to avoid (AKA what to feed only a little):
  • Protein and phytic acid (peas and beans)
  • Carbohydrates (root vegetables like carrots)
  • Goitrogens (like cabbage)
I would also look at the tortoise table, escpecially these links:

Understanding feeding tortoises in captivity:
Harmful properties (what to look out for in foods to avoid)
How to introduce new and healthy foods
Supplementation (escpecially important when feeding grocery store food)
Plant database, tips on what to feed
 

idcowden

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Hi, I would be pleased to know what can I give my tortoise to eat, and what diet is needed for it to be a healthy tortoise

There are a couple of really useful apps:-
  • Tortoise table
  • PlantNet
Plantnet will tell you what a plant is by taking a picture. You can then look up the plant in Tortoise table and it will tell you if it is tortoise friendly.
 

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