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#1 Hercules


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Posted 06 January 2015 - 11:44 AM

Hi we are new tortoise owners and have a baby Hermann called Hercules.  He was 'born' on 4th July this year.


I have taken a couple of pictures of weeds growing in my garden and wonder if someone could let me know if they are edible for Hercules.  The first one I think is prickly sow thistle? (He loves smooth sow thistle).  Our breeder said he is fine to eat rose petals and rather strangely I have one in flower! Hercules seems to love them.


Also how often should he have the calcium (Exo terra) powder? Do I dip all food in it every day?


Thank you



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Also we were told to get an exo terra lamp with 150w daylight basking spot bulb.  Is this correct please?

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Posted 06 January 2015 - 04:50 PM

Hi and welcome

I am new also so my knowledge is limited. But you sure are in the best place to find things out. Have a good read around the forum till someone comes online an replies.

Your little tortoise looks so sweet


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Posted 06 January 2015 - 11:51 PM

Yes the prickly sow this is fine,in fact very good for them also rose petals are fine too :)the second pic im unsure of but i dont think its edible.
With the calcium suppliment,being a young tort andbeing kept inside if needs to be springled on its food daily but a very fine dusting.ive never used the exo terra but i know use the Necton MSA powder which Sue sugested and i will never turn back now as i used to use nutribol wich is also a good daily supliment

Regards matt

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Posted 07 January 2015 - 12:05 AM

The second pic is buttercup, often listed as toxic but new leaves are fine for tortoises. My tortoises cleared a whole overrun garden of them and are all 100% healthy. These are mature leaves, so best not fed deliberately.

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