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Keeping tortoises in the correct environment and feeding them the correct balance of nutrients is very challenging as they are so reliant on their environment to survive.

This page aims to give you some basic pointers to get your tortoise’s nutrition correct.

In the wild, tortoises graze on a wide variety of leafy vegetation. By wandering across a wide area and eating a range of different leaves, tortoises ensure they have the correct balance of essential minerals and trace elements they need for growth and healthy bone development.

No commercially available ‘complete tortoise food’ is a good substitute for a well-balanced varied diet of fresh leaves and vegetation.

Home-grown leaves and edible weeds are better than bought fruit and vegetables as they have a higher nutrient content.

Always make sure water is available for your tortoise.

You can also give a vitamin supplement sprinkled on the food a few times a week. Don’t forget other husbandry requirements such as UV light and a ceramic heat lamp.

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Fruit- these should be offered only in small amounts + infrequently

  • Apple
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Melon
  • Tomato
  • Plum
  • Grape
  • Apricot
  • Strawberry
  • Gooseberry
  • Blackberry

Are there any poisonous plants which I shouldn’t feed my tortoise?

(This list is not exhaustive but contains some of the most common plants to avoid)

  • Lupins
  • Azalea
  • Daffodils
  • Crocus
  • Foxglove
  • Hellebores
  • Mistletoe
  • Ragwort
  • Rhodedendron
  • Peony
  • Lily of the valley
  • Rhubarb
  • Hydrangea
  • Avocado
  • Tobacco plant
  • Aubergine
  • Chilli peppers

You should NEVER feed your tortoise any of the following:

  • Meat
  • Cat or dog food
  • Processed food
  • Bread/cakes/biscuits

Tortoises are herbivorous and meat or processed food can cause kidney damage.

If you have any concerns about your tortoise’s health or appetite, then please do give us a call for some advice.

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