Can tortoises eat cilantro?

Can tortoises eat cilantro?

This herb can be a useful addition to a tortoise’s diet. It does, however, contain some oxalic acid (which binds with calcium and prevents the body from absorbing it), so as with all plants it should be fed as only one part of a larger, varied diet.

Can tortoises eat spinach?

So although Spinach is not toxic as such, and small amounts are unlikely to cause a tortoise any great damage, given the potential it has to limit calcium intake and cause internal irritation, we do not recommend that people feed it to their tortoises.

Can tortoises eat fennel?

Your tortoise will forage in a garden space and eat grass and dandelions. Plant marigolds, artichoke, parsley, oat grass, fennel, hibiscus, sweet potato, watercress and petunias to create a variety of edible plants in your garden. Your tortoise also can consume most wildflowers, wild berries and grasses.

Can sulcata tortoises eat brussel sprouts?

Brussel sprouts can also be eaten, in moderation. Also remember that variety is the key to feeding tortoises. Food should also include a source of Calcium and Vitamin D3, for healthy bones.

What should I not feed my tortoise?

Do not feed your tortoise dog or cat food, monkey chow or any food that contains more than 15 percent protein. These will cause liver and kidney damage, as well as deformed shell growth. Do not feed tortoises frozen vegetables or sodium-rich foods including canned vegetables, dairy products, breads and celery.

Can tortoises eat cucumbers?

A fruit that has little nutritional value as it consists of 96% water. Cucumber can be offered to help with hydration, or prescribed medication can be hidden within it and offered to the tortoise as a tasty treat. The leaves and flowers of the Cucumber plant may be fed in small amounts to all species.

Is spinach bad for sulcata tortoises?

Greens and vegetables: Greens to offer include: collard greens, kale, mustard, turnip and dandelion greens. Limit greens that are high in oxalates, such as: parsley, spinach, rhubarb, beet greens and collard greens. Vegetables should be about 10-15% of the diet.

Can a tortoise eat pak choi?

85% Vegetables. Majority of vegetables should be dark leafy greens (mustard, collard, radish and turnip greens or tops, kale, cabbage, dandelions (leaves, stems and flowers), bok-choy (pak-choi), broccoli, rape, backyard grasses, clovers, legumes, and weeds (freshly cut or as browse).

Do sulcata tortoises get lonely?

In nature, tortoises tend to be solitary. Even a very young tortoise thrives without the company of other members of its species. Keeping two or more female tortoises together is generally fine, and keeping one male with two or more females can also work. Your tortoise’s shell is not just armor.

How big does an African sulcata tortoise get?

A very large tortoise, the African Sulcata is the 3rd largest in the world growing from 24 to 30 inches. Sudanese Sulcata tortoises actually get even larger with some reaching 36″! Often with an African spurred tortoise, males are much larger than female Sulcata tortoises for sale.

Can A sulcata tortoise be a good pet?

Generally, sulcata tortoises do not make good pets. They are efficient burrowers, and commonly escape yards and enclosures because of this. They also grow quite large, making them difficult to transport and handle. Unless you have done extensive research and are absolutely sure you can properly house one, do not choose a sulcata as a pet.

Where does the African spurred tortoise live?

The African spurred tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata), also called the sulcata tortoise, is a species of tortoise, which inhabits the southern edge of the Sahara desert, in Africa.

Why is the sulcata tortoise a keystone species?

Keystone Species – Just like with gopher tortoises, sulcatas’ burrows provide habitats and escapes for a number of other species. These other species cannot dig burrows themselves, and rely heavily on the tortoise population for their safety and survival.