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Quick Question about food

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  1. TortoiseRN

    TortoiseRN Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Can sullies have turnip greens??
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    Cowboy_Ken Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    This is what the tortoise table has to say;
    “Common name : Turnip (Turnip Greens, White Turnip, Swede)
    Latin name : Brassica rapa var. rapa; Brassica campestris
    Family name : Brassicaceae

    Turnip (which is often called Swede in Scotland) is a member of the Brassica family and therefore high in goitrogens, which can interfere with the uptake of iodine, resulting in thyroid problems and possibly damage to liver and kidney functions. However, Turnip greens (the leaves of the Turnip plant) are also high in calcium and in iodine which lessens the goitrogen effect, making it acceptable to feed the leaves and flowers in moderation.

    Never feed the root of the Turnip to tortoises.

    A variety of Turnip that has been bred especially for its edible leaves is *Chinese Cabbage*. See also *Swede*."
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    TortoiseRN Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Sweet thanks Ken
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    Cowboy_Ken Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Yes. Fine as part of a varied diet.
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    TortoiseRN Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Awesome website Ken thank you.
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    For a varied diet... should i feed my baby JUST turnip greens one day or should I add it to the salad of greens per meal ?
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    Variety is variety over time. You don't have to get it every meal. Buy turnip greens, use them up over a few days, buy something different.

    Obviously if you spot a particularly good dandelion or something add that in to the feed as well :)
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    Think about what your tortoise would find if it was grazing out in the wild. It might eat the top off a turnip, & then would head off to munch on something else. It's called opportunistic eating, so unless you think your tortoise lives in just one area (a turnip patch?), then feed it a wide variety of foods. Of course you'll find that it likes some foods more than others, but it's up to you to provide the best diet.

    Ken
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