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Can Tortoises Eat fruit

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    M155ALY New Member

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    Hiya everyone, Em well am new to the site, but i have had two Tortoises for about 5 years and just recently someone said, "Yeah did you know Tortoises shouldn't eat fruit" course i was like, "WWwwhat?!" i have been feeding them a mix of fruit and veg all the time, so just to make sure that it is ok or not...well is it ok to feed them Fruit? :S x
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Depends on the tortoise. What type do you have?
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    Am thinking they are Russian Tortoises...:/ x
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    hey sorry don't really know how to work this site...Em yeah i think they are Russians :/ x S
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 5 Year Member

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    If they are russians they should not be eating fruit, except for like once a month.
    Tortoises (russians) simply cannot process the high sugar content well.
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    I'll echo that. Russians and Greeks should not be given fruit on a regular basis. Which doesn't mean they don't love it; they do. It's just not good for them.

    It's a green stuff diet for them.

    This website is great for finding out foodstuffs that are recommended for torts like yours: The Tortoise Table - Plant database

    These will be helpful to you too:

    http://russiantortoise.net/russiantortoisediet.htm

    http://russiantortoise.org/care_sheet.htm

    http://www.turtlerescues.com/russian_tortoise_care.htm
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    How about you post a pic of your tortoise....this way we can confirm for you if you have a russian :D:D:D:D:D
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    Hello there, M155ALY:

    Welcome to the Tortoise Forum!!

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    They can have fruit but it shouldn't be a regular thing. I'd say once a week max. Tortoises don't process the sugars very well.
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    Waw that so helpful everyone...this sites Awesome, well i don't give them fruit that often, so thats ok then, but least now i know for sure :D x

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