MEDITERRANEAN FEEDING GUIDE
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85% of Diet or even more if you possibly can...
Dandelion, Clover, Sowthistle, Plantain, Bindweed, Nipplewort, Bittercress, Vetch, Mallow, Hawkbits, Trefoils.
Picked away from car fumes, pesticides, dog mess/wee etc.,
To view pictures of the weeds you can feed visit:- www.tlady.clara.net
Buy Weed Seed Mix from us and grow your own food for your tortoise. In pots inside or outside. Just £3.00 per packet.
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
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 - whole 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.
Another fantastic website is:- www.thetortoisetable.org.uk
The site truly is the best with a traffic light system where green against an item means safe to feed, amber means in moderation and red means do not feed.
15% of Diet
Selected salad items - Watercress, Rocket, Lambs Lettuce, Cress, Peppers.
Lettuce - Romaine or Cos if possible, iceberg last resort (Lettuce, Tomato and Cucumber
Tomato without seeds have no nutritional value - they
Cucumber are nearly all water).
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. Regular fruit can cause loose stools and disrupt the gut flora, and gives any worm eggs a nice sugary environment to reproduce in. Tortoises at the HTS sanctuary are never fed fruit.
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 will develop Metabolic Bone 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 adult. Egg laying females require extra calcium 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. Another option is natural chalk.
Peas, Beans (Broad, French etc.), Spinach, Egg, Cheese, Dog/Cat food, or canned vegetables because of the salt.
PLANTS THAT CAN POISON
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. Many tortoises owners grow daffs and tuilips and their tortoises have never ever touched them.
Do not feed indoor plants such as Amaryllis, Jasmine, Poinsettia.
Produced by: Hampshire Tortoise Society