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#1 aud7

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 10:20 PM

In the spring i planted carrot and i am delighted to see that the carrots will soon be ready for harvesting. I am wondering if it would be safe to feed my tortoise the leafy green carrot tops? I have read lots of different opinions regarding this so am somewhat unsure. Thanks again.

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 02:35 AM

Hi Nic,

It's not something i would feed, here's the link from the tortoise table which i really only use as a rough guide but gives you a little info. x  :)   https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plant-database/viewplants/?plant=619&c=8 



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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:33 PM

Thank you. Have referred to the link. Very interesting.

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:39 PM

Thank you. Have referred to the link. Very interesting.


No, carrot tops are not suitable ;)

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 07:08 AM

Hello

The source of carotenoids is also from colored flowers which are red, yellow, orange etc. And Hermann tortoises have a variety of flowers in their natural habitat.

So giving carrots to tortoises as the only source of carotenoids is false.

I have never seen carrots growing wild in the Mediterranean region, the ground is too dry for that.

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 10:23 PM

Thank you both. No carrots or carrot tops for my tortoise.

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 03:48 AM

Hi Nic,

Look at ordering some seeds here, if you plant them now they'll come great for next spring and last through, it's best to plant some in an area your tortoise can't get too as well to give you a steady supply of weeds, also it's best to plant them in the ground and not in pots. x  :)

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 08:16 AM

Also, in the naturalistic section on this forum, there is an affordable book listing the plants with pictures, description etc of edible weeds that torts like and that grow in the UK

Here is the link

http://www.hermann-t...?showtopic=9780

 

I used it when i had my tortoises and i learnt a lot from it, it is a good resource.

 

Hope this helps

 

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