Don’t baby your tortoise by cutting up their food!

RosemaryDW

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My Russian got very lucky today with a chunk of lettuce (she rarely gets it). She finished it, including the hard core and stem. Took her a while but no help needed.

She’ll eat the very hard stem of a zucchini as well, the rind of a winter squash, the bottom of a brussels sprout.

Your tortoise has very strong gums, a beak that needs to be kept short (which hard foods will do) and plenty of time on its hands. Perhaps you’ll want to baby an actual baby tortoise but adults don’t need it. :)
 

wellington

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No, adults don't depending on what it is. An adult has choked and I believe died on a chunk of carrot that was too big. So common sense needs to play a role. Babies don't need everything chopped but sometimes it does. Letting them rip at softer greens or weed leaves is safer then a harder stem.
 
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