Mediterranean Feeding Guide



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:-

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:-

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.

Treat only

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.



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