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Yeah, again - for opuntia

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by Kapidolo Farms, Jan 25, 2019.

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  1. Kapidolo Farms

    Kapidolo Farms Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    In this study of parasitic worms in sheep, it is found that the saponins and tannins in opuntia kill both eggs and inhibit movement of those parasitic worms.

    That this may also occur in tortoises is unknown. Considering that some tortoises encounter and eat different opuntia in the wild, as a natural and native food, it seems plausible that there may be some anti-worm activity for tortoises as well.

    That the potential active ingredients are those the TTT uses as a caution for food that tortoises eat seems ironic to me.
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    jsheffield Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    I've often heard the same thing about papaya seeds as treatment for parasites, and was treated with the seeds myself when ill in Ecuador a million years ago.

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