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New Redfoot, Darwin

Discussion in 'Redfoot and yellowfoot tortoises' started by jsheffield, Sep 29, 2018.

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    All parts of avocados are considered toxic to reptiles:
    https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plant-database/viewplants/?plant=703&c=8

    Some people have fed avocado fruit to their tortoises in small amounts with no adverse effects. As a precaution I suggest not feeding avocado at all. It's not a cheap fruit nor is it really beneficially to continue feeding it to your tortoise. Save them for yourself.
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    jsheffield Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    I've done a fair amount of reading about avocados as a part of a tortoise's diet, and opinions are mixed beyond leaves, skin, and pit ... since I'm just feeding him the fruit, I'm not too worried.

    That being said, there are plenty of other great foods for him to eat, so it'll probably just find its way into his bowl occasionally.

    Thanks for your replies and comments, and concern.

    Jamie
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    I feed my Redfoot avocado from time to time with no ill effects.
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    jsheffield Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Lots of people do ... there's a lot of anecdotal stuff passed back and forth as fact here, as there is everywhere on the internet.

    Jamie
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    I personally don't feed my Red foot avocados. I have however, eaten foods with avocado such as avocado toast and avocado stuffed deviled eggs in front of his enclosure where he can visually see me doing so.
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    Its the opposite at my house tonight for dinner my Redfoot had a gourmet salad with chopped kale, dandelion, mushroom, papaya squash, Mazuri, and mango. I had Ramen noodles :rolleyes:
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    I eat more protein and less kale than Darwin, buy a considerable margin.

    Jamie
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    Ramen noodles are first rate in my book so you MUST be a great tortoise keeper.. LMAO [emoji23]
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    My redfoot doesn't eat avocado either (just to stay on the safe side) he did get some shrimp today though for his monthly protien and chose to eat it over banana! I've had him for a month now and he has refused protien multiple times. (Ive tried mushroom, crickets, and boiled egg with no luck) usually bananas are treats for him so i was surprised to see he chose the shrimp first!
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    Try an earthworm mine loves em.
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    It didn't occur to me to weigh Darwin when he came to live with me two weeks ago, but as of today he weighs 73 grams.
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    Today he's 76g.

    Jamie
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    Darwin chowing down on some kale during his lunchtime soak

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    A bit of tongue

    Jamie
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    He's up to 86 grams today.

    Jamie
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    91 grams today
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    Half-assed growth chart ...

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    With a fourth data point, it occurred to me to try and graph Darwin's growth ... he's putting on weight steadily, advancing towards my first goal of 100g in a straight line.

    Now I'm wondering if he should be growing faster.

    The chart refers to days living with me ... his age is roughly 110 days.

    Jamie
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    I finally got hold of some Mizuri Tortoise diet (the nuggets about the size of the end of my pinkie-finger), and wet some down for Darwin ... he went nuts for the stuff.

    I think I'll probably mix a single nugget in with his regular daily feed and see how that works.

    Jamie
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    97g

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    He had a nice brunch today of houseplant trimmings, mazuri, and some of the freeze-dried fruit and omnivore mixes.

    Two huge poops during his soak and brunch.

    Jamie
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    105g today, after a lengthy soak and feed following a couple of days away from home.

    Jamie
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