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RE: Overfeeding?

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Posted by: bradtort at Thu Aug 7 15:45:35 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by bradtort ]  
   

It's hard to tell you how much to feed or how much is too much. A "handful" isn't a good measure, and the tortoise's needs vary with the season.

I've always fed them more when they are active, and less when they are sluggish. If the animal starts to look so fat that he can't pull his head and legs bag in comfortably, then feed him less.

Grocery greens are OK, but they often don't have much fiber. If the tortoise's stools look soft and runny, even after the vet finds no health problems, you might need to supply more fiber. When I kept my russians outdoors, they always ate a little grass - I could see it in their droppings. And I imagine most weeds have more fiber.

When indoors, I often supply them fiber in the form of pellet foods to go with the greens. Mazuri, RepCal and Pretty Pets tortoise foods have more fiber than grocery greens. I'm currently using a Grassland Tortoise food. Can't recall the brand. Maybe Zoo Med.

Good luck with your tortoise.


   

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