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Starvation/malnutrition effects in tortoises?

Discussion in 'Advanced Tortoise Topics' started by Ketta, May 22, 2019.

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  1. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin

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    That's not a good rule of thumb. Put out a pile of food the same size as your tortoise. If he eats it gone you didn't give him enough. If, at the end of the day there's still a lot left, you gave him too much.
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    Ok that one is better. Most of the days he eats it all.. that he actually "ask" for more by standing on the plate.. Lol also he is picky how do I solve that. ? For example I put him papaya pieces and arugula between those two he eats the arugula. He devours it. But if I put papaya and carrot pieces he goes for the papaya. o_O. for example between raddicchio and lettuce he goes for radicchio and then the lettuce. He doesn't like hibiscus flower but he did ate the hibiscus leaves. Because of his pickiness he sometimes leaves what he doesn't like. I tried what I read of giving him all mixed and he just smelled it tried to eat what he liked and because he couldn't he simply stopped eating. Then a few minutes later... He returns obviously hungry tries a bite or two but didn't like the taste :confused: so he goes to his hiding spot hungry and I feel bad so I end up granting his wishes by serving only something he does like! I feel like a slave...
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    You will a good, obedient and humble slave if you keep on like this with him. It will be stressful for you. All you have to do is follow the correct redfoot diet sheet and vary his diet every day with a few different items, and give him a big pile every morning and remove any leftovers every evening. I am not an expert, but that is what I do, what I have been told to do and my redfoots are doing great.
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    Leek
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    Lol... yeah I feel like an slave already.. do you feed chives and leek to your Tortoises?
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    Yes i try to vary his diet as much as possible for example today he ate cucumber with a basil leave, rocket flowers and papaya.. And after I arrived from uni I gave him an arugula leave.
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    Are they toxic to them? I haven't either but just want to make sure before I feed any of that to him.
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    I don't know about toxic but I don't think these are recommended foods. These tortoises eat such a varied diet...they don't need chives and leek anyway. These are strong seasonings. Just check out the redfoot diet sheet.
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    They aren't in there.
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    If I remember rightly anything with bulbs shouldn't be fed.
    According to the Tortoise Table onions and chives are classed as do not feed, they don't mention leeks but I would err on the side of caution and if in doubt leave it out until you know for sure.
    www.thetortoisetable.org.uk is a good guide.
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    Ok good to know...
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    I have the tortoise table app now... but there are things there that say to not feed or feed sparingly and in the Red Foot care sheet says it's ok to feed.
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    The tortoise table is very conservative. Red foots can eat a lot of things that other torts can not eat. Go by the care sheet on this forum, it will not steer you wrong.
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    Thanks!
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    I think getting torts in the sun is underestimated.I have a 6 month african leopard tort and I cant believe how active he is when outside.With shade and water I hope to have him out till late in the fall.Did you guys know that african leopard torts are one of the few species that will swim to find new habitat.
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    Thanks for mentioning the app. I didn't know it existed and I just downloaded it.
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    This is one of the tortoises of my mom's friend... s/He is almost 4 years old.
    It shares space with other rf tortoise. They are both rf.
    They are 100% outdoor tortoises. And both are pyramiding.
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    It's a male right?.. 1559255957736.jpeg
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    Too young I think. Interesting though that you live in their natural range yet they are still Pyramiding being raised outdoors. Do you have any pics of the carapace?
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    Nope but I'm going back to my mom's friend house this week. Or maybe in the weekend. The one in the picture weights 1.2 kgs.
    Couldn't weight the other one. But I will next time I go there.
    Yup probably because where they live is quite cold (14° C) it's a mountain... And they(owners) don't pay attention if its cold or not... maybe that's why they are pyramiding?
    Keto was beginning to pyramiding when I got him but i stopped it by raising humidity in his enclosure also by keeping him in warmest place of my apartment.
    Also diet might be a factor... cause they only get lettuce.
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