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How much to feed...

Postby Tortoise Salad » Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:23 am

Hello tortoise experts...

I can't seem to find the relevant article on how much to feed. Could anyone advise me on where to look?

My tortoise- I have an adult female Hermann. she seems to always want more food, so a good appetite, and lots of energy, very curious, but she often has loose poo and white urine.

I worry I'm not feeding her enough or the right kind of varied diet...

Diet- I pick vetch and dandelions (but not always available, so trying to grow some in the garden along with forget-me-nots, but it's taking time to grow) I also have opuntia, aloe vera, basil (not keen) mustard cress and spider plant in the greenhouse so far, but some foods she is selective about on some days, depending on the leaves age.

I buy dried food from The Tortoise Lady website, but my tortoise rarely touches that now

Cuttle fish- which she likes

Other than that I buy kale (sometimes eats), cucumber, mixed salad bags containing leaves such as lambs lettuce, which she will always eat if she doesn't like the home grow or home picked foods. She goes straight for the watery foods like cucumber, as if she is not hydrated enough maybe (I rarely see her drinking water)

I think that's everything, Thanks :)
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Re: How much to feed...

Postby Sandy » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:08 pm

Tortoise Salad wrote:Hello tortoise experts...

I can't seem to find the relevant article on how much to feed. Could anyone advise me on where to look?

My tortoise- I have an adult female Hermann. she seems to always want more food, so a good appetite, and lots of energy, very curious, but she often has loose poo and white urine.

I worry I'm not feeding her enough or the right kind of varied diet...

Diet- I pick vetch and dandelions (but not always available, so trying to grow some in the garden along with forget-me-nots, but it's taking time to grow) I also have opuntia, aloe vera, basil (not keen) mustard cress and spider plant in the greenhouse so far, but some foods she is selective about on some days, depending on the leaves age.

I buy dried food from The Tortoise Lady website, but my tortoise rarely touches that now

Cuttle fish- which she likes

Other than that I buy kale (sometimes eats), cucumber, mixed salad bags containing leaves such as lambs lettuce, which she will always eat if she doesn't like the home grow or home picked foods. She goes straight for the watery foods like cucumber, as if she is not hydrated enough maybe (I rarely see her drinking water)

I think that's everything, Thanks :)



Tortoises need a high fiber diet, so feeding a lot of salad foods and too much opuntia can cause loose stools. Cucumber should only be fed in moderation as it has no real nuitrician (sp) apart from water. Tortoises will always eat tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce foods first as they are like junk foods for tortoises:0)
They need dandelions, plantains, sowthistle, vetch, lavetera, bellflower just to name a few.
I am not sure which Tortoise lady you follow, but the original and well informed TL is Linda King www.tortoises.net an excellent source if information. With a great booklet of plants with pictures:0)
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Re: How much to feed...

Postby Tortoise Salad » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:34 am

Thanks Sandy, that's really helpful. The one place weeds wont grow is in my garden :) but I'll try and get her off the junk food. I don't feed her fruit or tomatoes so that's a start. Yes Linda King, I think had a list of plants, but I found them hard to identify. I'll have a look at the booklet...
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Re: How much to feed...

Postby Tortoise Salad » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:40 am

I'm not sure if it's the same Linda, I think it is, perhaps has a different surname now, but looks like a different website http://www.tortoiselady.co.uk/page6.htm
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Re: How much to feed...

Postby Sandy » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:23 pm

Tortoise Salad wrote:I'm not sure if it's the same Linda, I think it is, perhaps has a different surname now, but looks like a different website http://www.tortoiselady.co.uk/page6.htm


I would only recommend Linda Kings site, as I have seen her set ups and know she has been on field trips finding out habitation and plants suitable for tortoises. And she has worked with a seed company to produce a good seed mix tortoises:0)
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Re: How much to feed...

Postby Tortoise Salad » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:45 pm

… I just bought her booklet any way, so that should help.
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