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Potatoes

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by kahood1, Dec 19, 2018.

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  1. kahood1

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    Hi
    Can tortoises eat potatoes
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    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    Potatoes are not toxic, but they are not really a good tortoise food either. A small amount of grated potato mixed in with a big pile of greens once in a while won't hurt anything, but why? There are other, better things to feed your tortoise.

    What species are you feeding?
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    Based on some data I found, yams are a bit better than regular potatoes or sweet potatoes, but still not great (lotsa sugar, not great C:p ratio), but I imagine they've got other useful nutrients, so as long as they're not a big part of the tortoise's diet, it should be fine.

    Jamie
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    I feed my Redfoot sweet potato from time to time.
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    Thanks he’s a horse field
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    Is this cooked sweet potato? My iguanas like it, and yam and manioc too, cooked and mixed occasionally with their regular green diet. I have not tried my tortoises with potato, but if I did I would cook it first. I think raw irish potato may not be good to feed anything.
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    Uncooked, I usually just grate it with like a cheese grater and mix it with some greens.
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    I feed a little yam or sweet potato to my horsefield on occasion, presuming there are some vitamins in “orange” food that isn’t in green.
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