Land turtles are phenomenal resilience and longevity, therefore, in the interests of any breeder proper care for the pet. After all, if you maintain good and good health of the turtle with a balanced diet, the pet can also be inherited by your children, since this family of turtles can live up to 50 and even up to 100 years or more.
Land Turtle Feed
Basically, many types of land turtles are herbivorous and feed on stems, leaves, seasonal vegetables and fruits. If you have a garden, then in the warmer months there will be no problems with providing your pet with fresh herbs. Feed the tortoise fresh lettuce, clover, horse sorrel, chicory, dandelion, vegetable tops, young sunflower seeds. You can also treat your pet with birch leaves, linden and fruit trees.
If you collect such vegetation in nature, then in no case do not pick plants and leaves near roads and railways, choose a place at least a hundred meters away from the roads, and better still further.
In the plant diet of a land tortoise, enter apples, pears, plums, apricots, peaches, bananas, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, pumpkin, once a week you can give beets, all kinds of cabbage, beans. In season, the best treat for your pet will be melons, watermelons, any berries. Cut hard vegetables and fruits into small pieces or rub on a coarse grater. A pet can sometimes be treated with a small amount of mushrooms, russula, brown boletus and other non-poisonous mushrooms.
Land tortoise made from plant foods not recommended celery, spicy greens, garlic and onions, sweet exotic fruits, cherries, citrus peels (citrus flesh can be given only in strictly limited quantities), fruit pits, potatoes, as well as bakery products. You should not constantly feed the turtle with the same fruits or vegetables, it will very badly affect its health.
Try also avoid purchased early fruits and vegetables, as their manufacturers do not spare chemical additives for such a crop. If you yourself grow vegetables and fruits, then you can not worry about the health of the pet. And do not forget that giving your pet spoiled vegetables and fruits is strictly forbidden.
Especially in winter, when there is not a large abundance of fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables, it is necessary to add to the diet of land tortoises mineral nutrition and special vitamins.
Animal feed for turtle
Land turtles, although they are herbivorous, still their development in captivity would not be complete without animal food. Once a week food of animal origin should be added to the plant diet, in a percentage ratio it should be about 5% of the total diet. It can be hard-boiled eggs, gammarus, washed earthworms, garden snails.
Among the food of this category, it is not recommended to give the turtle locusts, grasshoppers, crickets, milk, pork, beef, but you can give fish, which is recommended to stand a couple of minutes in boiling water before feeding.
Other feeding features for land turtles
Concerning water, then land turtles in the wild can do without it for a very long time, even for several years. However, this does not mean that in captivity it is necessary to deprive the pet of drinking. In the summer-autumn period, if there is a sufficient amount of fresh and lush vegetation, the land tortoise practically does not need water, but it will be especially happy to drink in the heat.
Many people think that a small tortoise of lettuce or greens per day is enough for a land tortoise. This is a misconception, because the pet’s diet should be balanced and varied. Adult turtles are fed 2-4 times a week, and young ones more often. When forming a serving, do not be afraid that the pet will overeat. These animals eat exactly as much as they need. As the tortoise grows, increase the portion sizes.