what colours do tortoises see?

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what colours do tortoises see?

Postby schildkroetenfan » Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:20 am

Hia,
I am wondering why my tortoise does not eat the red Hibiscus flowers and only eats the orange ones. Do they have anything against red in general? Which got me thinking what colour spectrum do they see? Do they view the world in black and white or have they got similar vision than we have?
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Re: what colours do tortoises see?

Postby Sandy » Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:59 am

schildkroetenfan wrote:Hia,
I am wondering why my tortoise does not eat the red Hibiscus flowers and only eats the orange ones. Do they have anything against red in general? Which got me thinking what colour spectrum do they see? Do they view the world in black and white or have they got similar vision than we have?



Mine will only eat white ones if there is nothing else:0)
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Re: what colours do tortoises see?

Postby Stuart » Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:36 pm

I'm fairly confident they can see yellow...unless they choose the flowers of dandelion, sow thistle and other yellow-flowering plants because they're flowers... ?
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Re: what colours do tortoises see?

Postby Joan » Tue Aug 11, 2015 5:14 pm

schildkroetenfan wrote:Hia,
I am wondering why my tortoise does not eat the red Hibiscus flowers and only eats the orange ones. Do they have anything against red in general? Which got me thinking what colour spectrum do they see? Do they view the world in black and white or have they got similar vision than we have?


In my younger days I found that tortoises loved red toenails!
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Re: what colours do tortoises see?

Postby Sandy » Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:31 pm

Joan wrote:
schildkroetenfan wrote:Hia,
I am wondering why my tortoise does not eat the red Hibiscus flowers and only eats the orange ones. Do they have anything against red in general? Which got me thinking what colour spectrum do they see? Do they view the world in black and white or have they got similar vision than we have?


In my younger days I found that tortoises loved red toenails!


They also like plain toes too:0)
Must be the lovely smell of feet:0)
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