10 Year Member!
- Aug 3, 2010
- Location (City and/or State)
- Southern Md - Northern Neck Va
My tortoises are getting bigger and feeding a varied diet during winter can sometimes be a pain to achieve. Last year I tried freezing colocasia stems for the yellow foot, the red foot, and the manouria tortoises, that worked out real nice, will do it again this fall. This year I bought an electric lawnmower with a bag to collect everything that grows in the front yard that I have been working on for years to get a good balance of different plants for tortoise food that looks as good as any of the neighbors yard when cut. I cut the yard at the highest setting when using the gas mower, which is above box turtle height. the highest setting on the electric mower is only 2.5 inches, so I only get cuttings from certain areas. I dry the cuttings in paper bags and clothes hampers. Today I re-moistened some that was completly dry, by soaking in mazuri water, warm water with a little disolved old type mazuri in it. All the sulcatas (execpt Sylvia) ate it, and Roberta my leopard was looking for more, she is a big grass eater anyway. I will keep drying yard cuttings this fall. Fathers Day weekend I put some cactus fruit in ice water in a closed jar and placed it on a door shelf in the refridgerator. They look like they did the day I picked them. I think I will do some more. The begining of August I did the same thing with young tender cactus pads and so far no change in the way they look. More time will tell how long they will stay fresh enough to use as food. The reason Sylvia didn't eat any is because I haven't figured out a good way to offer it to her. The reason for trying the clippings is, I have not found a good hay for tortoise food in my area to buy.