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RE: Russian poop machine...

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Posted by: bradtort at Thu Sep 1 20:49:37 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by bradtort ]  
   

Spring mix, grocery greens (mustard greens, collards, etc.), cucumber & tomato (in small quantities) are all OK foods.

BUT, they don't have much fiber. And this will lead to more frequent and gooey poop.

My russians will eat grass when they live outdoors. In fact, during the summer their fecal pellets are full of grass. They also eat clover, dandelion plants, plantain, and various other, tough, fibrous weeds.

Their poop is very solid. Even when the weeds die out (midsummer heat wave) and they get a lot of grocery greens, they still eat grass and have solid poops.

So try to give your tort some high fiber items. A little grass or soaked timothy hay, finely chopped, or some chemical-free weeds, can make a difference. Just mix it into the greens, all chopped together.

Some of the tortoise pellet foods, like Mazuri, RepCal, or Pretty Pets, also have good fiber levels - better than grocery greens. Mixing a little of that into the diet can help when you can't get other high fiber items.

They still poop a lot, but it isn't as messy. And the fiber is good for their digestive tract.


   

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