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#1 mobile

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 06:42 PM

There's lots of thistle around at the moment and I have read that tortoise eat them. However, they are extremely prickly so is any preparation required prior to feeding?



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 07:33 PM

Mmmmm yes, it is something I would like to know. I avoid thistles, unless I can pick them with very young growth that is hardly prickly at all.... Hope somebody comes along with some advice x x hugs x x

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 01:14 PM

They would eat em in the wild so a guess it should be ok ! Lol

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 01:47 PM

I'm not so sure. Having tried to pick some yesterday and finding the needles easily pierces my skin even at the lightest touch, it's hard to imagine how they would not damage a tortoises mouth and throat.



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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:13 PM

Well they eat prickly pear cacti in the wild I think we needlessly pamper our torts too much you know :)

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 09:23 AM

Taken from the tortoise trust :)


Prickly Sow Thistle (Sonchus as­per) coarsely or finely chopped.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:24 PM

Maybe I will 'bite the bullet' and give it a go this weekend when I can watch them... I will do the 'finely' cut...... X x x hugs x x

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 08:15 PM

I picked some this evening and cut/picked the sharp needles off the edges of the leaves... I didn't swear much every time I got jabbed... honestly :unsure2:

 

Hermie loved it and ate the whole (small) leaf :)



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 11:21 PM

I'm digging them up tomorrow, although the nice big plants are gone now "/ ill chop it up for em :)

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:06 PM

I feed mine thistle alot and just give it to them as i pick it,they take no notice of the spines.

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 08:18 AM

Me too, I never chop food up for torts, even the babies. They need to use their muscles or they become lazy ;)



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Posted 28 June 2013 - 04:28 PM

Yes exactly sue,its not natural to chop food up or de-spine as no1 helps them in the wild,like you said keeps them active

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 04:29 PM

I even feed mine abit of bramble leaves now and again,they have no trouble with them either

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 04:57 PM

Having watched a wild tortoise demolish a cactus tree and then set about the remains of the trunk - a thistle is easy peasy for them ;)http://www.youtube.c...h?v=K96PDEKF5Tk



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Posted 28 June 2013 - 05:37 PM

I am still scared.... I guess I need to feed them 'spikes' and watch!!! I will let you know when I do it! X x x hugs x
Are their mouths not sensitive to spikes then,

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 06:22 PM

Ha i will have to watch that later!must of been 1 hungry tort lol.yes give it ago stella,mine eat thistle like it going out of fashion,they love it!
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Posted 28 June 2013 - 06:32 PM

I am still scared.... I guess I need to feed them 'spikes' and watch!!! I will let you know when I do it! X x x hugs x
Are their mouths not sensitive to spikes then,

Well, my torts did demolish an opuntia cactus that fell off the shelf in the cold frame. I didn't see the reaction to the spikes but they are all fine. I do admit to either rubbing or burning off the glochids on opuntia when fed, but not to relatively soft spikes like thistle. I've watched them eat all manner of spikey leaves with no reaction whatsoever.



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Posted 28 June 2013 - 06:53 PM

What I will do is chuck a thistle in their enclosure and see if they are interested!! X x hugs x





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