What Do Tortoises Eat?

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Tortoises enjoy grazing and thrive on a diet of wild-growing weeds and flowers. They should not be fed every day, as the digestive system is not designed for this and can cause serious health problems.

As well as wild plants and flowers such as dandelions, hibiscus and rose petals, tortoises also enjoy a range of vegetables including zucchini, pumpkins and cucumbers. These foods should be sliced thinly and should not be given to very young tortoises. Tortoises should always have a regular supply of drinking water available to them. A good way to ensure that a tortoise is hydrated is to give it a shallow bath in warm water, as it absorbs small amounts of water through its tail.