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Should I do anything, tortoise ate a toxic leaf?

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by TortyDxb, Jan 10, 2018.

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  1. TortyDxb

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    one of the new 4 month olds in our care ate an entire leaf (more than the size of her) of a miniature eggplant plant. Not the fruit.

    The leaf looks like fig leaves and it didn’t occur to me to check ...

    She’s basically finished and gone off for a sleep, shall I do anything or just let it play out? Any thoughts welcome. I know I should’ve done some research. Kicking myself now.

    She loved it, incidentally and nearly got started on another.

    Photo of the plant attached, which I’m guessing should be drop kicked now.

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  2. Cheryl Hills

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    I would make sure to keep him well hydrated, soaking, . Other then that, I will let the experts chime in.
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    How is the tortoise?

    PS, btw nice eggplant plant :D
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    Absolutely fine! eating like a champion and no sign of any issue at all. If she could she's eat the entire plant.

    Thanks for following up @Sesel appreciate it.
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    I am so glad to hear this!
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    Solanum melongena this is the species that yield the edible fruit we call eggplant. Other species in the night shade family are indeed toxic to livestock that happen upon it and eat it. But tomato is also a nightshade and you can put leaves from tomato plants in salads and sauces.

    Here is the database from Feedipedia which indicate the wild weedy types are deadly to livestock. Tortoises are different. Keep a close watch for a few weeks. https://www.feedipedia.org/search/node/Solanum
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    Thanks for your suggestion of a long soak, I did do that and it possibly helped - I saw no dodgy signs anyway thank goodness
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    Thanks - I’ll dodge the plant from now on, I was getting ahead of myself at a garden Centre. Hopefully she’ll maintain her happy eater mode (as long as I’m not watching :) )
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