Buttercup is a flower that can be quite difficult to eradicate like a weed.
They have small, yellow flowers that have five green sepals and petals including the stamens and pistils.
The plants are scattered throughout the world and are very common in woods and fields of the north temperate region.
Can horsefield tortoises eat buttercups plants?
NO, a horsefield tortoise CAN NOT eat and Should Not be fed with buttercups.
Buttercup plants, flowers, and sap are known to be poisonous to animals. In the wild, they are mainly fed when there are no edible plants left making them be eaten out of desperation.
Some of the symptoms/effects of buttercup poisoning in humans are skin irritation, bloody feces, salivation, colic, and serious blistering of the mouth, mucous membranes, and gastrointestinal tract among others.
The poisonous effect of buttercups is due to the toxic compound called protoanemonin.
Can Horsefield Tortoises Eat Buttercups?
Buttercups are poisonous to animals including horsefield tortoises because of this, we do not recommend buttercups as part of a horsefield diet.
See the list of safe foods for horsefield tortoises: kale, mustard and collard greens, green pepper, yellow bell pepper, sweet potato, squash, spinach, cauliflower, or dandelions.