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  1. DuncanTheTortoise

    DuncanTheTortoise New Member

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    I’ve heard that spinach is bad for tortoises, and that it could cause kidney stones, Is that true?
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    The bigger problem is the oxylates that bind calcium.
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    So is feeding spring mix bad?
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    You just pick out the spinach
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    NO. there is not even one recorder instance of any -lith or stone in the liquid waste system of any tortoise ever.

    That said Variety is the key, wide variety of greens offered. It's not of value towards that end of variety to remove spinach from spring mix, but to the same end, a diet with all spinach is not variety.

    look here https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/oxalates.176033/#post-1747901
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Spinach is not toxic. Using it as a small part of a varied diet is fine and has worked well for me over the years. I just don't feed whole meals of it several days in a row.
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    as regards oxalates
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    We have something looking very much like spinach here in Jamaica, I think it is a kind of "wild" spinach and we call it callaloo. I sometimes give it to my green iguanas and to the redfoots as well. They certainly like it.
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