1. Hello guest! Are you a Tortoise enthusiast? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our site is specifically designed for you and it's a great place for Tortoise keepers to meet online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your Tortoise and enclosure and have a great time with other Tortoise keepers. Sign up today! If you have any questions, problems, or other concerns email us using the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of this page!

Benefits of Beet Greens

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by Redstrike, Dec 7, 2011.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Redstrike

    Redstrike Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2011
    Messages:
    1,993
    Location:
    New York
    They had some real nice looking beets with their leaves at the farmers market this week and my love of beets forced my hand to purchasing a bunch. I just wanted to share the nutritional information of the greens for you and your tortoises, they have a lot of good bone-building minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorous) and excellent amounts of vitamins + fiber. Something to consider for your feeding rotation and personal salads/greens.

    http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2352/2

    *Remember, you can change the serving size at the top of the page.*
  2. dmmj

    dmmj Thhe member formerly known as captain awesome Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2008
    Messages:
    11,589
    Location:
    CA
    I feed beet, radish, and turnip greens to mine.
  3. BrinnANDTorts

    BrinnANDTorts New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2011
    Messages:
    957
    awesome, another good thing to add to my tortoise diet! :)
    Gupta gets tired of the same old things lol
  4. GeoTerraTestudo

    GeoTerraTestudo Active Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2011
    Messages:
    3,312
    Location:
    Broomfield, Colorado
    I've tried giving my guys beet greens and the related Swiss chard, but they wouldn't eat either one. Why is that?
  5. pam

    pam Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2011
    Messages:
    3,696
    Location:
    Minnesota
    I have not found one thing that I have given my Russians that they will not eat :) lol they are not picky eaters :) My husband loves to plant and that is great because my Russians love to eat :)
  6. Redstrike

    Redstrike Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2011
    Messages:
    1,993
    Location:
    New York
    My two redfoots were a bit hesitant at first too, but after a few more attempts, they ate it. I will say they weren't as enthusiastic for either beet greens or swiss chard as I had assumed they would be. Maybe there are some compounds in them that taste bad to the tortoises?
  7. GeoTerraTestudo

    GeoTerraTestudo Active Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2011
    Messages:
    3,312
    Location:
    Broomfield, Colorado
    Must be. There's probably some kind of secondary metabolic compound in there that the plant uses to deter herbivores from eating it. The tortoises can probably get past it, but maybe they'd prefer not to.
Similar Threads: Benefits Beet
Forum Title Date
Tortoise Diet and Food After Halloween Benefits Nov 1, 2012
Tortoise Diet and Food beets and beet tops Dec 4, 2013
Tortoise Diet and Food Sugar Beets - Russian Tortoises? Oct 16, 2013
Tortoise Diet and Food Beet leaves for the tortoises? Nov 25, 2011
Tortoise Diet and Food Beetroot? Hermann Tortoise Feb 12, 2010

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page