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#1 aud7

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 11:15 PM

I am wondering if anyone can advise me regarding purchasing the Zoo Med Tortoise Block which I have seen on Amazon. Is this an effective means of keeping the tortoise's beak from becoming overgrown? and do tortoises like it? Any views would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 05:22 AM

Hi, is this what you mean http://www.amazon.co...=tortoise block.

In my opinion things like this are just a waste of money, if a tortoise is kept in the correct environment with the right diet then their beaks normally stay nice and trim, you would be best just feeding off a piece of slate, you could also add in some lumps of chalk or cuttlefish this would be better, is your  tortoises beak a little over grown now. :)



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Posted 21 March 2015 - 09:29 AM

Yes that is indeed the link to the item I am referring to. Thank you for your views. Much appreciated. Yes my tortoises beak is a little overgrown and it is a permanent struggle for me to keep it in trim. I wondered if he would maybe like this for a change as I thought it read more interesting than just plain cuttlefish. I already feed him on slate. Thanks again.

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 04:46 PM

My daughter bought me one of these blocks last year for my birthday. I would not have bought this myself but not wanting to upset her I gave it a try. My adults did not touch it all summer. Cuttlefish is what they prefer. Don't buy it is my advice.

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 08:24 AM

Yes that is indeed the link to the item I am referring to. Thank you for your views. Much appreciated. Yes my tortoises beak is a little overgrown and it is a permanent struggle for me to keep it in trim. I wondered if he would maybe like this for a change as I thought it read more interesting than just plain cuttlefish. I already feed him on slate. Thanks again.

Hi do you have a picture of the torts beak, it might need a trim. :)



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Posted 24 March 2015 - 10:28 PM

Yes that is indeed the link to the item I am referring to. Thank you for your views. Much appreciated. Yes my tortoises beak is a little overgrown and it is a permanent struggle for me to keep it in trim. I wondered if he would maybe like this for a change as I thought it read more interesting than just plain cuttlefish. I already feed him on slate. Thanks again.


If you are struggling to keep the beak short then husbandry needs to be tweaked. Feed more fibrous food, never chop it up, spread it around so he has to search and make it hard to get hold of it so the beak wears while tearing at it. Also as mentioned, give him a slate to feed from and rocks to climb on and bite at. Never feed soft food as this just weakens the jaw and stops wear, which is essential for good growth.

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 12:33 AM

Thank you all very much for your help.
He has had his beak trimmed by a reptile vet late last year and I wish to try to prevent this happening in future. It's quite hard during winter months to feed fibrous foods all the time. I never chop his food but I do sometimes give him freshly picked assorted lettuce leaves and they are certainly soft. I don't have rocks in his tortoise table but I'll rectify that this weekend. Thanks for that suggestion.

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 08:32 AM

They should really never need trimming, but hibernation over winter helps with that too. This also helps good overall growth. Are you supplementing and giving extra uvb in winter?

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 11:13 PM

Thanks for all the replies and advice. Yes I do supplement him but he has not been hibernated, so that may be partly to blame for beak growth. According to the reptile specialist vet, his beak is not overly long I just have to try to keep on top of it. Thanks again.  






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