Healthy Diet
 Dandelion 
 Sow Thistle
 Clover
 Wild Pansies
 Vetches
 Plantains
 Grass
 Turnip Leaves
 Beetroot Leaves
 Broccoli
 Celery & leaves
 Marigolds
 Cauliflower
 Carrot Leaves
 Spinach
 Alpine Plants
 Watercress
 Honeysuckle
 Cabbage
.

Not so Healthy Diet
(Feed only occasionally)

 Lettuce
 Cucumber
 Tomatoes
.

Fruit
(Little amounts on rare occasions)

  Apple
  Strawberries
  Pear
  Peach
  Melon
. Grapes
.

Avoid Feeding

 Bananas
 Bean sprouts
 Peas
 Green beans
 Brussels sprouts
.

Never Feed

 Meat
 Cat or Dog Food
 Dairy products
 Cakes/Biscuits
 Bread products
 Processed food
The correct diet for a tortoise is High in fibre and calcium and low in fat and protein. This is best highlighted when we look closely at the diet of tortoises in the wild. Studies show that these tortoises graze on grasses, eat various plants, flowers, buds and roots all providing a protein and fat free diet.
 

What tends to happen with captive
tortoises, they are introduced to our own types of foods and because they are normally high in sugar and protein, they taste better. Unfortunately in the past tortoises have been fed on dog and cat food, bread, cheese, milk and list is endless. This type of diet is totally unnatural and the tortoise will suffer the consequences of a poor diet by firstly showing outward signs such as a lumpy shell and being overweight. The long-term damage is much more worrying with liver and kidney failure.

In order to provide your tortoise
with a good diet, think of low fat and high in fibre, weeds and course green vegetables, herds and edible plants are ideal. For a full list of foods to offer and poisonous plants, we refer you to our Feeding Manual. All food offered should be washed and a food supplement can be applied every 3rd day to ensure the tortoise is getting the correct amount of calcium in their diet.

The society produces In depth manuals on all aspects of tortoise care from feeding and breeding to hibernation etc. and they are available to members and non-members for a small charge.

 For further assistance please contact us.