Docks can be fed to tortoises. However, because they are bitter, lots of tortoises won’t usually eat them.
Also, they are rich in high oxalic contents which could inhibit the tortoise from using calcium in its body when in large amounts. For this reason, it’s probably best to be avoided or fed in small amounts as part of a varied if you must feed at all.
I grow an ornamental/edible form called Rumex sanguineus that is somewhat better tasting. Tortoises like it, but I use it sparingly out of concern about the oxalates.
Can Horsefield Tortoises Eat Dock Leaves?
Horsefied tortoises can be fed the young leaves of dock plants, in small amounts, and not too often.
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Are Dock Leafs safe for a Herman?
Dock (Rumex sp.) is high in oxalic acid, which will bind calcium in the torts digestion, and therefore I would feed sparingly.
Are Dock Leaves Good for Tortoises?
Tortoises enjoy trying various greens to maintain the best health. This is why Dock leaves can be fed to them.
It contains plenty of minerals and vitamins and are 100% fine when fed in small amounts, as a part of a varied diet.
For us, dock leaves offer great health benefits. They are great for the skin, feature antioxidant properties, and are used to promote better moods, and more.
There have been controversial talks in the tortoise community about feeding docks. In fact, most owners say that their tortoise is not interested in eating them – but there’s only one way to find out!
Can Dock Leaves Be Poisonous or Toxic to Tortoises?
Some owners are bothered that the leaves and stem of the dock plants have oxalic acid. I can understand why they’re worried.
The oxalic acid content is what gives the plant its sour plant. Plus, the acid is known for preventing the assimilation of certain mineral such as iron and calcium.
Now, calcium is crucial to the growth and development of tortoises. They use calcium for shell and bone development, especially young tortoises.
I know lots of tortoise owners that feed their pet dock leaves, on occasion without issue.
In the end, do what you feel is best for your pet. Dock leaves aren’t poisonous or toxic, as long as you feed in moderation and as part of a varied diet.