What do dry tortoises eat

What do turtles eat?

"What do tortoises eat?" is probably one of the most common questions in turtle keeping. The food for tortoises should be fresh Wild plants and herbs exist that can be found on a meadow. Greek tortoises feed exclusively vegetable. The only thing your digestive system is set up for is that.

Greek tortoises usually also like to eat flowers

Agrobs (e.g. PRE ALPIN® Testudo) should be offered in midsummer. Agrobs Testudo contains selected grasses rich in raw fiber with a very low protein content.

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The feeding should always be based on the diet in the natural habitat. There it is so that in spring the content of raw fiber in the young, juicy plants is relatively low and the protein content is high. This is reversed in the course of the summer and the forage plants age, whereby the crude fiber content increases significantly while the protein content decreases significantly at the same time. That is why I recommend feeding Agrobs, especially in midsummer. The reduced protein intake relieves the turtle's liver and kidneys in particular.

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In autumn, however, before the turtles become rigid in winter, more fresh green fodder grows again in the habitat due to higher rainfall. Here, too, we should not feed any or only a few Agrobs, but mainly fresh wild herbs.

Frequently asked questions about tortoise feeding

What do tortoises eat?

Tortoises prefer to eat Dandelion, dandelion flowers, Common plantain, ribwort, wild mallow, thistle, rocket and nettle. Alfalfa, chickweed and yarrow are also good turtle food, which turtles like to eat.

What should you feed tortoises with?

Tortoises should exclusively be fed with wild herbs such as dandelion, plantain, yarrow and other wild plants that grow in a wild meadow. Avoid feeding any fruit and vegetables.

How much do Greek tortoises eat?

Greek tortoises eat so long and every day as much as they are hungry. They should be given as much food as they would like to eat each day. You quickly found out how much that is - the warmer it is, the more they eat.

What does a wide-brimmed turtle eat?

A wide-brimmed turtle, just like a Greek tortoise, eats Wild herbs in a meadow such as dandelion, pointed and broad-leaved plantain, etc. Sepia peel should always be offered to provide lime.

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What are tortoises allowed to eat?

With a few exceptions, tortoises are allowed to eat all kinds of greenery on a wild meadow can be found. Very selected ready-made feed such as Agrobs is also allowed. Any other ready-made food that does not consist exclusively of wild herbs, such as fruit, vegetables, meat, dog food, cat food, etc. is absolutely harmful and must not be fed.


In addition to Agrobs, you will find the top 10 ready-to-eat feed for tortoises here: Tortoise food

Greek tortoises eating

The natural turtle food always consists of wild plants. Meadow herbs, field and meadow flowers should only be collected in your own garden or from unsprayed fields.

Greeks drinking

Water must always be available to turtles. There are extra drinking bowls for turtles for this purpose, but a sturdy flower pot trivet does exactly the same as I use it.

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Suitable feed

Everything that is not poisonous and is found on our meadows can be offered. A varied feeding of wild plants is important (high calcium content, high mineral content, low water content, high fiber content), because to prevent deficiency diseases, a diverse range of food consisting of a mixture of various forage plants is necessary.

Good wild plants suitable for feeding

  • Arable herb
  • Bindweed
  • Wild garlic
  • Wild garlic
  • Comfrey
  • Fleabane
  • Plantain
  • Stinging nettle
  • Blackberry leaves
  • Thistles
  • Double
  • Honorary award
  • Strawberry leaves
  • Sedum plant
  • Cinquefoil / cinquefoil
  • Lady's mantle
  • Fuchsia (flowers)
  • Funkie
  • daisy
  • Goose thistle
  • Rockcress
  • Ground elder (Attention! The leaf stalk of ground elder is triangular in cross section. The appearance can easily be confused with poisonous meadow hogweed flowers)
  • Bellflower
  • Golliwoog
  • hibiscus
  • Shepherd's purse
  • Horn clover
  • Johannis herbs
  • Kalanchoe
  • chamomile
  • Nasturtiums
  • Catnip
  • Corn poppy
  • clover
  • Garlic mustard
  • Cornflower
  • Bedstraw
  • Lettuce
  • Toadflax
  • dandelion
  • Lungwort
  • alfalfa
  • Meadowsweet
  • mallow
  • Magnolia (flowers only)
  • Daisy
  • mint
  • Feverfew
  • Evening primrose
  • Opuntia
  • Pippau
  • Radishes (leaves when plant blooms)
  • Marigold
  • sage
  • yarrow
  • Ribwort plantain
  • Pansy
  • Hollyhock
  • Cranesbill
  • Daylily
  • Dead nettle
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • forget Me Not
  • Chickweed
  • Vetch
  • Wegrauke
  • Chicory
  • White clover
  • Vetch
  • Meadow chervil
  • Wild mallow
  • Winches
  • Vetch
  • Winch
  • Dwarf gorse

In the transition periods before and after winter you can either collect forage plants that are also present in winter (e.g. strawberry leaves, raspberry / blackberry leaves). Or you can plant the terrarium or cold frame with Golliwoog and the like. Outside of winter rigor, lollo rosso, romaine lettuce, endive lettuce and lamb's lettuce are also allowed as "emergency food".

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Turtle eating the turtle plant Golliwoog

Greek tortoise eating a sepia shell

What should always be available is sepia bowl. Here you can read why this is important: https://www.landschildkroeten.de/sepiaschale-sepiaschulp/

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Unsuitable as feed

You must absolutely refrain from feeding fruit, vegetables, meat, dog food, cat food, dry turtle food / ready-made turtle food of any kind (sticks, pellets ...), these things are harmful! The intestinal flora of tortoises is exclusively geared towards vegetable and low-protein food. Improper nutrition leads to severe kidney and liver damage and can lead to tank growth disorders, indigestion, gout and ultimately death! Greek tortoises should not be offered any fruit or vegetables, even if they usually like to eat them. Strawberries or bananas often lead to diarrhea, which damages the intestinal flora, while tomatoes remove important calcium from the shell.

A nice picture, but tomatoes are not good food for tortoises

Yew and ivy are poisonous to turtles and can be fatal! The creeping buttercup is only nontoxic until it blooms. The assumption that turtles know exactly what to eat is only partially true and must be viewed with caution.

More information on the correctWild herbs feeding of turtles according to the seasons can be found at:

Wild herbs for turtles

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