Monday, February 28, 2005

Greek Tortoice Diet? proper food to feed him?

Hey i have a testudo Greco, Spur-thighed, Greek Tortoice. I feed him various greens. and i heard a high protein low fiber diet can give the turtle health problems i feed him dandelions, clovers, alfalfa, and sometimes lettuce or cabbage. i had him for a year i wanna know is this an okay diet for him? or am i giving him a wrong diet? any type of help would help.and if you know any other veggies i can feed him to give him the best diet i could provide him with. that would be amazing and id highly appreciate it.

Answer on Greek Tortoice Diet? proper food to feed him?

sounds like you have a good basic diet so far, go easy on the cabbage and try to stay away from lettuce because there's no real nutritional value. some other great choices are mustard greens, turnip green, collard greens and spineless prickly pear cactus pads. also, you should be giving him a high quality calcium supplement. either the spray or powder is fine mix it in his food about every 3rd feeding or so.
every couple weeks you can offer some fruit but i wouldn't give it more often than that. some good fruit choices are melon, apple, banana, strawberry and figs. try to stay away from acidic fruit like citrus
veggies can make up about a fourth of the plate you give him every day. for my iguana, about once a week i chop up around 8 different fruits and veggies and store it so all i have to do is put a big spoonful on top of his greens. good veggies to offer:
Green beans, orange-fleshed squashes (butternut, Kabocha), snap or snow peas, parsnip, asparagus, okra, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, sweet potato, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, broccoli.
as an occasional treat you can give whole grain bread or cooked past and brown rice

a lot of flowers are good too, roses seem to be my igs favorite

best of luck!