WHAT IS A GOOD GREEK TORTOISE DIET

Kuiko

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I've read various sources, and can't quite determine the best diet.

Does anybody have a diet plan they are willing to share? I'm interested in a greek tortoise and am looking for a good, healthy diet.

Also, how often can greek tortoises be fed fruit like bananas and strawberries?
 

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I've read various sources, and can't quite determine the best diet.

Does anybody have a diet plan they are willing to share? I'm interested in a greek tortoise and am looking for a good, healthy diet.

Also, how often can greek tortoises be fed fruit like bananas and strawberries?
Hi there! I have a Greek tortoise and they are fab!
I don't have a diet sheet per say but the things I typically feed the little fella are:-
Dandelions (both flowers and leaves)
Clovers
Stinging nettles
Sow thistle (beasties new faveroute!)
Cirsium
Rose petals
Viola
Hibiscus
Spider plants
Lambs lettuce
Artichoke

As a treat I will give cucumber, kale, and a single strawberry once a week

Don't feed banana- it's like crack to tortoises and they usually refuse to eat anything else once you start them on it and it has practically no nutritional value

I feed a strawberry once a week (as per the above) but only because it's got protein in it and that's all Greek torts need. Other than that no fruit at all

You also need to make sure you have a good vitamin and mineral supplement to dust over their food a couple of times per week

Hope this helps!
 

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Here is a list of good suggestions:
Mulberry leaves
Grape vine leaves
Hibiscus leaves
African hibiscus leaves
Blue hibiscus leaves
Rose of Sharon leaves
Rose leaves
Geraniums
Gazanias
Lavatera
Pansies
Petunias
Hostas
Honeysuckle
Cape honeysuckle
Leaves and blooms from any squash plant, like pumpkin, cucumber, summer squash, etc...
Young spineless opuntia cactus pads

Weeds:
There are soooooooo many...
Dandelion
Mallow
Filaree
Smooth Sow thistle
Prickly Sow thistle
Milk thistle
Goat head weed
Cats ear
Nettles
Trefoil
Wild onion
Wild mustard
Wild Garlic
Clovers
Broadleaf plantain
Narrow leaf plantain
Chick weed
Hawksbit
Hensbit
Hawksbeard

Other good stuff:
"Testudo Seed Mix" from http://www.tortoisesupply.com/SeedMixes
Pasture mixes or other seeds from http://www.groworganic.com/seeds.html
Homegrown alfalfa
Mazuri Tortoise Chow
ZooMed Grassland Tortoise Food
 

Grandpa Turtle 144

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Here is a list of good suggestions:
Mulberry leaves
Grape vine leaves
Hibiscus leaves
African hibiscus leaves
Blue hibiscus leaves
Rose of Sharon leaves
Rose leaves
Geraniums
Gazanias
Lavatera
Pansies
Petunias
Hostas
Honeysuckle
Cape honeysuckle
Leaves and blooms from any squash plant, like pumpkin, cucumber, summer squash, etc...
Young spineless opuntia cactus pads

Weeds:
There are soooooooo many...
Dandelion
Mallow
Filaree
Smooth Sow thistle
Prickly Sow thistle
Milk thistle
Goat head weed
Cats ear
Nettles
Trefoil
Wild onion
Wild mustard
Wild Garlic
Clovers
Broadleaf plantain
Narrow leaf plantain
Chick weed
Hawksbit
Hensbit
Hawksbeard

Other good stuff:
"Testudo Seed Mix" from http://www.tortoisesupply.com/SeedMixes
Pasture mixes or other seeds from http://www.groworganic.com/seeds.html
Homegrown alfalfa
Mazuri Tortoise Chow
ZooMed Grassland Tortoise Food
Tom
You forgot strawberry
 

Grandpa Turtle 144

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So are strawberries bad for a greek tortoise?
Fruits are not good for torts (except for red or yellow foots ) about 3 times a summer I give my torts a couple of strawberry tops from when my wife trims strawberry s for us to eat .
 
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I don't know what most weeds are called. How can you identify them easily or learn how to?
 

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Hi there! I have a Greek tortoise and they are fab!
I don't have a diet sheet per say but the things I typically feed the little fella are:-
Dandelions (both flowers and leaves)
Clovers
Stinging nettles
Sow thistle (beasties new faveroute!)
Cirsium
Rose petals
Viola
Hibiscus
Spider plants
Lambs lettuce
Artichoke

As a treat I will give cucumber, kale, and a single strawberry once a week

Don't feed banana- it's like crack to tortoises and they usually refuse to eat anything else once you start them on it and it has practically no nutritional value

I feed a strawberry once a week (as per the above) but only because it's got protein in it and that's all Greek torts need. Other than that no fruit at all

You also need to make sure you have a good vitamin and mineral supplement to dust over their food a couple of times per week

Hope this helps!
Where do you get this stuff? I live in Ontario canada.. did you have to go out and pick them?
 

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