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Question: Reds or Greens?

Discussion in 'Leopard tortoises' started by Bronbowie, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. Bronbowie

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    Which is better and has more nutritional value, greens (romaine and others) or the red veggies that we feed to our leopard tortoises?
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    Neither necessarily. Romaine lettuce and turnip greens are both green but turnip greens are nutritionally compact and robust while romaine has pretty much zero nutritional value. Torts should eat weeds. Grocery store greens are fine to add but will never be as nutritionally valuable as old mother natures weeds, grasses, and hay which leopards should be eating.
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    Are you feeding a young one of adult? Leopards won't usually eat hay. Even grass can be hard to get them too eat if not started out on it when young. I feed my leopards grocery greens and mazuri in the winter months, along with whatever weeds or leaves and grass I can save from summer for them.
    In the summer, they graze outside on weeds and grass. I give them mazuri every other day. Tried hays but they don't eat it.
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    A varied diet of all greens and weeds, etc is good. I use romaine a few times a month along with all other greens and cactus. A variety as big as possible with hopefully weeds, flowers, and grasses, along with some greens and even mazuri will cover everything they need
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    I should say I keep trying hay different ways. Not a lot of luck
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    Red veggies? You've gotten the wrong info from somewhere. Leopards should be eating broadleaf weeds, leaves, flowers and succulent of the right types. Grocery store greens or veggies should be a last resort only if you can't find anything better, and those grocery store greens need to be amended to add fiber, calcium and variety.

    There is a starter list of good stuff to feed right here. Just skip the text and scroll down to the list:
    https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/for-those-who-have-a-young-sulcata.76744/

    Don't be surprised if your tortoise doesn't seem to like these things at first. They eat and like what they are used to eating. Your tortoise has been eating the equivalent of candy and ice cream, so it might initially balk at a good nutritious meal. It will take time to introduce the correct foods. Start by mixing in tiny amounts of the new and better stuff with the older more familiar stuff.
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    Sorry, I missed the veggie part. I took it as green and red leaf greens. I don't feed veggies, green, greens and red greens, like red leaf lettuce. Should add in the fall they will get one or two pumpkins and I will also freeze some for summer. I will also occasionally give shredded carrot if I have it and didn't feed to my dog.
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    Mine is a 7 month old. He has a huge appetite for everything except Mazuri chow. He loves lettuce but i know it has low nutritional value. He is not too eager for grass. He likes clovers and dandelions. He samples stuff on his daily excursions with my constant supervision and he has discovered purslane and cats ears (the plant).
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    So turnip greens are the most nutritionally compact if I buy. If i pick wild, i should go for weeds, like grasses. Mines seems to zero in on clovers.
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    Got it. Taking notes
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    Cut it in little pieces and then soak the Mazuri pellets and then combine them together. Voila!!
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    Yep, tried it. It went in the garbage. They still didn't eat the hay.
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