Question: Food for Leopard

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waitmanff

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As I was reading Neals very help information sheet about care for leopards, he listed this under food:

Fresh grass, hibiscus leaves and flowers, dandelions, succulents, Romaine lettuce, spring mix, kale, carrots, mustard greens, or escarole.
and also Mazuri tortoise food.

I have been feeding my little guy, Romain lettuce, spring mix, kale, carrots, mustard greens, and escarole.

However, where is everyone getting their hibiscus leaves and flowers from? and Dandelions and succulents? Also I have no idea what type of grass is in my yard, so I have no idea if it is safe or not! Also what types of flowers are safe?

I want to make sure I'm feeding my new tortoise the best things possible, just not sure where I would go (South Carolina) to find these things!

Also where would I fine Mazuri tortoise food?
 

DoubleR

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I purchase my Mazuri on Amazon. When mine gets bigger ill purchase it locally in big bags. For now a small bag last my little one a long time. :)
 

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The tortoisetable.org is a good sight to look at for edible food items. Also, for dandelions, besides the few I get in the spring/early summer, I purchase mine at a produce store. Not all carries them, but they are eaten by people too, so check out produce stores. You can also purchase seeds and start growing your own too.
 

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Where are you located, if I may ask? Home Depot, here in California, has lots of tropical hibiscus plants for sale right now. Also, if you have any ethnic markets, Latino/Hispanic/Spanish, you can sometimes find "Jamaica" there, it is used to make a drink/tea, sold by the pound, out here it is 3.99 a pound but you do not need much. I wet it first. It is called hibiscus but is different than the tropical or species hibiscus. Officially, Hibiscus sabdariffa.

Check out this fun Pinterest, below ... and yes, thetortoisetable.org.uk is a wonderful resource ...

http://www.pinterest.com/pietersmith/leopard-tortoise-edible-plants/

Hope this helps. : )
 
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