Mediterranean Feeding Guide

 

 

 

MEDITERRANEAN FEEDING GUIDE

 

WELCOME TO THE HAMPSHIRE TORTOISE SOCIETY

 

85% of Diet or even more if you possibly can...

 

Weeds

Dandelion, Clover, Sowthistle, Plantain, Bindweed, Nipplewort, Bittercress

Picked away from car fumes, pesticides, dog mess/wee etc.,

 

To view pictures of the weeds you can feed visit:- www.tlady.clara.net

 

Click on 'Tortoises', then 'edible weeds'. Click on each of the Latin names in blue type to view a picture and print them if you wish.

 

Plants from the garden

Sedums

Grapevine leaves Geranium, leaves & flowers

Mulberry Fushia, leaves & flowers

Mile a minute plant (Russian Vine) Rose Petals, not leaves

Honeysuckle flowers Hibiscus Rose of Sharon, flowers

 

Opuntia cactus - whoe pads. Spineless variety or spines plucked off.

 

Suggestion: Make smaller piles of food in different places to encourage exercise and make life a little more interesting.

 

15% of Diet

 

Selected salad items - Watercress, rocket, cress, peppers.

 

Treat only

 

Lettuce - Romaine or Cos if possible, iceberg last resort

Tomato without seeds

Cucumber

Grated carrot or swede

Courgette - raw, sliced

Squash - parboiled and sliced or just grated raw

Pumpin - cut away seed area. Serve in wedges with rind on or thin slithers of just flesh

 

Fruit can be offered as a treat on rare occasions. Remove pips from apple etc.

Regular fruit can cause loose stools and disrupt the gut flora.

 

NEVER

 

Peas, Beans (Broad, French etc.), Spinach, Egg, Cheese, Dog/Cat food, or canned vegetables.

 

Supplements

 

For tortoises under 3 years, treat every meal with Nutrobal (calcium, vitamins and minerals). If you do not supply your baby tortoise with enough calcium it may develop Metabolic Bond Disorder. If you have difficulty in getting hold of some, give us a call and we can post it out to you.

 

We recommend continuation of supplements for the whole of a tortoise's life in captivity. Some people do reduce the amount of meals they supplement as their tortoise gets older but we recommend you do not drop below using it 3 days a week.

 

You can also change to limestone flour (pure calcium) when your tortoise is an adult. Egg laying females require extra calciu to produce their eggs.

 

Always leave a piece of cuttlefish out for nibbling on. It may take some time for it to become 'weathered' before your tortoise is interested in it.

 

PLANTS THAT POISON

 

Garden

Bulbs, daffodil & tuilip etc. Larkspur Periwinkle

Delphinium Laurels Poppy

Foxglove Lily of the Valley Ranunculus

Holly, leaves & berries Lobelia Snap Dragon

Ivy Lupin Sweetpea

Jasmine Peony Wisteria

 

There is no need to go wrecking the garden and pulling everything out. Tortoises are intelligent and usually will not touch these plants. Just be careful and keep an eye out. If necessary fence the plant off.

 

The exception to this are Russian tortoises. The are such greedy tortoises that they tend to have a taste of anything when they are hungry!

 

Many tortoises owners grow daffs and tuilips and their tortoises have never ever touched them.

 

Indoors

 

Amaryllis, Jasmine, Poinsettia.

 

 

Produced by: Hampshire Tortoise Society