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Can someone please tell me what plant this is and is it safe for my desert box turtle? I would like to put it in Paxton 's enclosure. Thank you
 

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To me it looks like a variety of coleus - if so, I think it would definitely not be good for Paxton - but I am probably wrong.
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It’s Hypoestes phyllostachya (polka dot plant) I’ve read it’s not toxic but can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, I wouldn’t put it in. Hope this helps🙂
The Tortoise Table lists it as safe, though. Do you have a link where these symptoms are listed? (I need more sources besides TTT, perhaps)
 

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The Tortoise Table lists it as safe, though. Do you have a link where these symptoms are listed? (I need more sources besides TTT, perhaps)
I can’t remember where I read it tbh😣I remember looking up a bunch of different house plants I had years ago to check if they were pet safe and I remember this one saying it could cause sickness and diarrhoea if a pet were to eat it but it’s not toxic, I’ll try and find the link
 

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@Alex and the Redfoot found it!


Maybe it’s not the case for torts though? Idk..
I did also see this old thread


I’d personally air on the side of caution with it and wouldn’t put it in, but that’s just me, I overthink everything when it comes to pet safety🥲
 

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Googled a bit, it seems that when eaten in large quantities it can cause "mild gastrointestinal discomfort". So it's safe to use.
 
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