Diet and Feeding

Hermanns (Testudo Hermanni Boettgeri),  Spur-Thighed (Testudo Graeca) and Horsefield (Testudo Horsefieldi)

The above tortoises are a vegetarian species and should be fed a strictly herbivorous, high fibre diet.  Suitable foods are dandelions, plantains, clover, chickweed and sow thistles.  All foodstuffs offered should be dusted with a calcium supplement such as Nutrobal, to ensure the correct levels are maintained in the diet for strong healthy bones and shell.  Calcium in the form of chalk or cuttlefish can also be offered as a more natural source.  Never feed these tortoises animal protein, high carbohydrate or high sugar foods.  Always provide fresh, clean water in a shallow bowl.  Bathing these tortoises regularly in lukewarm water will be beneficial to them.

Leopard (Geochelone Pardalis Babcocki)

Leopard tortoises are a vegetarian grazing species and should be fed a strictly herbivorous, high fibre diet.  Suitable foods are dandelions, plantains, clover, chickweed, grasses, succulents and sow thistles.  In the winter, when natural weeds are in short supply, provide cabbages and coarse green leaf material, avoid lettuce and very watery foods as these provide no goodness.  All foodstuffs offered should be dusted with a calcium supplement such as Nutrobal, to ensure the correct levels are maintained in the diet for strong healthy bones and shell.  Calcium in the form of chalk or cuttlefish can also be offered as a more natural source.  Never feed these tortoises animal protein, high carbohydrate or high sugar foods.  Always provide fresh, clean water in a shallow bowl.  Bathing these tortoises regularly in lukewarm water will be beneficial to them.