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Cherry head diet

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by Ukgoffer, Aug 23, 2019.

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  1. Ukgoffer

    Ukgoffer New Member

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    I read that cherries were one of the tortoise species that “tolerates fruit”. Our cherry, Bing, loves fruit above most anything else - blueberries, watermelon, cantaloupe - we feed him a mix a fruit and veg (including dandelions and other edible weeds) every day plus monkey chow every two weeks. We’ve tried some of the prepared food/pellets from our LFS but he’s not interested. I’d say 50% of his diet (8 years now) is made up of fresh fruit. Is this too much?
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    No
    But make sure he also gets greens, flowers and some protein.
    30% fruit would be better IMO
    (This diet would kill some other species)
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    Papaya is a nice one to try and work into the mix, along with butternut squash.

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    My redfoot also loves yard weeds like dandelion and plantain, along with hibiscus flowers.

    I give him mazuri or Rep-Cal 1-2 times a week.

    I do animal protein once a week, in the form of egg or salmon or reptilinks... all of which he'd eat to the exclusion of everything else, even papaya.

    Jamie
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    Thanks - Bing like mango and sweet potato too but I’ll give papaya and hibiscus a try too!
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    Hibiscus flowers AND the leaves are food.
    Mine love the newest, softest light green leaves the best.
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    Hibiscus flowers are the new favorite!
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