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Tortoise ate dog poop

Rascal Rock

New Member
5 Year Member
Jan 27, 2012
My question is my dog keeps pooping in my Marginated Tortoise enclosure because he likes the greens[emoji848] and today I saw one of my torts eating the poop. Is the tort gonna get worms, what should I be concerned about, do I need their poop ? I’m going to make the fence higher for the enclosures.


Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Jul 21, 2010
Location (City and/or State)
San Antonio, TX
Always keep dogs and tortoises separate. Just search dog and tortoise here and the forum, and you will see countless heartbreaking stories of tortoises coming out on the losing end when they meet with dogs. It is simply not worth the risk.


Yvonne G

Old Timer
TFO Admin
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
Jan 23, 2008
Location (City and/or State)
Clovis, CA
Go out with your dog when he goes out to do his business and pick it up as soon as it is deposited. Some parasites are species specific and some can be transferred from the dog to the tortoise. If you can't clean it up right away, you're going to have to make the tortoise's fence taller so the dog can't get in there.