1. snailpeekoutofshell

    Safe to feed plants grown with hydroponic nutrients?

    I'm having A LOT of trouble growing a garden for my Russian to eat... It's been very hot the past month or so, and my plants are suffering for it. Almost everything I started growing a couple months ago is dead, with a few weeds holding strong. I'm about to start growing them indoors and moving...
  2. B

    Is my Redfoot growing too rapidly?

    Hello All! So my baby Redfoot, Heidi is about 3 months old now and I just measured her for the first time. she is 3.5 inches wide and 3.25 inches long. Now I've looked around online and a few sources I've read say that, that is the approximate size a 1 year old! question to you guys is...
  3. L

    He wont eat!!

    (species- forest hinge back)hello, i just got my first ever tortoise a few days ago, he came form a farm and was caught, the farmer said he eats ugbono fruit, but there was a small problem, I fed him a varied diet of cucumbers,cabbage,apples and bannanas but he wont even eat it,my mom even gave...
  4. O

    Stinging nettles?

    My hermanns tortoise Dash really likes nettles but i think they are stinging him!! Today he had the strangest reaction to eating them. He jerked around, opened his beak really wide and moved his head from side to side as if they were stinging him. He just kept eating them but eventually i took...
  5. B

    Need help - Vitamin A options for Russian Tortoise

    Hi, I have had problems getting my Russian enough vitamin A for years. He is a very picky eater. He likes to eat spring mix, radicchio, romaine and carrots. I try to give him hibiscus (he loves the flowers but not the leaves), collards and other plants but he never eats them. If he finds a...
  6. yay14

    How much to supplemement?

    Hello everyone i was wondering how much i should be supplementing my yearling hermann tortoise with calci dust, nutrobal and miner-all when the miner-all arives The last time i went to the vet he wanted me to send pictures and ingredients of the supplements i was giving so i did and heres the...
  7. yay14


    Hello everyone i recently found out my yearling hermann was not getting enough minerals in his diet. I was giving him calci dust once a week and Nutrobal once a week. So i went ahead and ordered some miner-all to give to him and while waiting for it i was going to give a mineral suipplmement i...
  8. D

    help with diet and other things!!

    hi, so i would like some assistance on what to feed my two sulcata tortoises to help w pyramiding. back to my tortoises, they are around 3/4 years old. during the summer they mostly ate grass and vitamins sometimes. you see these tortoises arent exactly mine, they're my sisters but my parents...
  9. I

    Buying plants from local nursery

    I have a local nursey that sells plants that are edible to my tortoise and apparently. I did ask them if they were safe to be eaten by my tortoise. Apparently, they do not use insecticides or pesticides on their plants but they do use only this with their plants...
  10. yay14

    Good Calcium for diet?

    Hi i have a 1 year old hermann tortoise and now during the cold months i can't feed an all weed and flowers diet so i have to buy some grocery store stuff. So right now he gets, Arugula, Radiccio, Endive, Frisee, Kale and some pak choy every now and then. I also give him some weeds that i have...
  11. T

    Leopard Tortoise ate toxic plant ground ivy

    So I let my tortoise out on a nice day and didn’t realize until he was already eating it that he got into some Ground Ivy, or Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea). I’ve scoured the internet reading every possible thing I can find and really am not getting a good answer. Most sites say it’s...
  12. lionheartHC

    Feeding Russian grass?

    So here in Ohio it's October and I just brought Gary into his tortoise table for the winter. I do not hibernate him as he is my only Russian and I do not intend to do any breeding. Ever since Gary has been put outside I've noticed a lot of grass in his stool. I know they are typically not grass...
  13. J

    Questions about feeding and supplements

    Hi. I’m going to be getting a Russian tortoise. I already have the water dish, food dish, cage and lights. I was wondering what is the best thing to feed them. I tried to google and everyone has different answers. Should I feed him pellets and vegetables? If so what brand for the pellets and how...
  14. A


    Can anyone offer any advice as to why our tortoises beak is developing this way and if this is something we should be concerned about?
  15. Mrs_Gal1981

    Help creating a Diet menu for Cherry Head

    Hello, so it's been 5 days since we brought our cherry head red foot home and I need help creating a loose diet menu for him. He is about 5" long, we think (not sure when he hatched) that he is 2ish years old. We have him in an outdoor enclosure in warm and humid -atm- South Texas. I printed a...
  16. tort_us

    Low-Oxalate Weeds

    I can’t find a ton of info online about low-oxalate weeds (only the ones that are common for humans to eat). What are some good feeds that aren’t high in oxalates?
  17. tort_us

    Ate miracle gro potting mix

    I turned around for two seconds to weed a plant and found my 3-year-old Russian tortoise eating miracle gro potting mix. He took between one and three bites of dirt and may or may not have eaten perlite pellet(s). I’m really worried but it doesn’t have any sort of insecticide or weed killer—...
  18. lionheartHC

    Sulcata hatchling snack?

    Never realized the place I typically buy my greens has clover sprouts. Would this be alright to include in my hatchlings diet?
  19. Kekeedoll

    Florida Gopher tortoise help!

    Hi! So long story short my little sister was vacationing in Florida and found a tortoise. Without researching it first she decided to bring it back home to Indiana. Turns out she's illegal to mess with. My sister was not equipped to deal with the care involved so I ended up adopting Patty to...
  20. D

    Elephant ears and Sulcata Tortoises

    So i just planted elephant ears in my Sulcatas enclosure in hopes that they would provide some shade for them, but I’m not sure if it would be harmful to them if they were to consume the plant. If anyone has any answers for me it would be greatly appreciated.