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Weeds in my yard

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by TeddyB, Feb 18, 2018.

  1. TeddyB

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    I have a few weeds in my yard that grow abundantly, they’re not treated with anything and I’ve tried to research but can’t figure out exactly if they’re safe or not. I’m including pictures I’m wondering if anyone could confirm if they’re safe for my Greek tortoise, I’m in north Georgia!

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    Not sure about #1
    But 2 is definitely safe, and I think 3 might be too but you should wait for a second opinion about that one.
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    I agree it’s a strawberry in the first photo. There is a sow thistle or perhaps hawkbeard (or dandelion!) in there as well—the one with the notched leaves, like arrowheads. And maybe there is some chickweed in there? The one on the lower left, with the white flower.

    I believe the other two are catsear; those dandelion relatives all look the same to me, all are safe.

    I recently found these photos to help identify which dandelion relative is which:

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    I have what I consider to be two separate varieties of catsear growing here. One is much thicker and has more prominent "hair" and the other is softer, with less "hair". At first I thought it was something to do with maturity of the plant but I have I seen both in multiple stages. When they flower it looks exactly the same. I suppose it could be a nutrition factor in the soil? The OP's second picture looks like my second variety. The third is more like the first variety I mentioned. Have you ever noticed a difference in catsear in your area?
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    I’ve only noticed one but I only started looking closely last year. We don’t have much undeveloped land here and I consider myself lucky to have found it at all! We get sow thistles and bristly ox-tongue; not a lot of the others in my immediate proximity. We don’t even get many dandelions. And this year we’ll get bupkess, due to drought.
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    Thank you for the pictures! They’re a huge help.
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    Thank you!
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    It looks like you’ve got weeds galore there!
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    Thank you, I appreciate the links!
    Theres a bunch growing all over my front yard, I’m so glad they’re safe for him! I’m feeding him spring mix with the weeds mixed in and he seems to enjoy it all.
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    I would love to have that abundance of weeds, lol!
    It’s funny, since I got a tortoise, I’ve started planting weeds in my yard, watering the ones I can find, and making sure that no poisons come near them. Definitely not how non tortoise owners think of them!
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    Haha definitely, I’m a very new owner just got him yesterday! I didn’t like how he was being kept in the pet store and I had to get him and give him a better home. I’m still trying to learn everything to help him thrive.
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    Do you happen to know what this flower is and if it’s safe? I just found them blooming today.

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    Daffodils. Do not feed
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    Thank you so much! I haven’t yet I’m checking everything first.
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