Can Horsefield Tortoise Eat Tomatoes? WHY NOT?

Yes but only sparingly! Do not feed horsefield tortoise tomatoes as regular food. Remember, they are vegetarian so most of their meals consist of leafy greens.

Note: The cabbage family and Spinach is not good for a baby tortoise, in moderation for older tortoises. It can inhibit calcium absorption.

My big babies love live weeds from my backyard such as sow thistle, plantain, filigree, dandelions, pansies, grape leaves, rose petals, petunias, flowers and leaves. I DO NOT use or encourage pesticides as these will contaminate these things.

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Can Horsefield Tortoise Eat Tomatoes

Whenever I want to mix things up a bit, I purchase curly endive, turnip greens, mustard greens, escarole, red lettuce, spring mix, and romaine lettuce from the store. I rarely feed kale.

ALSO SEE: Red Footed Tortoise Information

Note: Never feed your Russian tortoise fruit(s). We’d talk more on this in the next paragraph.

Can Horsefield Tortoise Eat Tomatoes? WHY NOT?

Tomato again may be suitable maybe once a week when in season for older tortoises but not for hatchlings and tortoises under about three years.

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Your horsefield tortoise diet is made up of leafy greens. It is a vegetarian and SHOULD NEVER be fed foods high in protein such as egg, peas, beans, and meats. It also cannot digest sugars properly – they trigger kidney and digestive problems – so tomato, carrots, fruits and ball peppers should only be fed very sparingly and on occasions too, if at all.

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Better Food Alternatives – Yum Yum!

If you want to grow foods edible for your Tort in your garden, I recommend getting seeds from your local market and buy some weed seeds. Get them growing so you can have a steady supply.

I also suggest growing some young Endieve leaves too, which is good for them.

Try as much as possible not to feed grocery veg, tomatoes or fruits to a Horsefield tortoise.

During Christmas time, you can feed pre-bagged salads when weeds are not available.

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