Submitted by Steve on 12:11, 2nd Jul, 2019 | 0

A huge thanks from the GSPCA to our friends at Grow Ltd who recently donated a huge amount of strawberries.

The animals very much enjoyed them as a lovely treat, but you must take care as these lovely tasting fruits for some species need to be given very sparingly for various reasons for their health.

Your tortoise and strawberries

You should protect any strawberries growing in your garden, as they are a particular favourite of Mediterranean tortoises.

While the occasional piece of strawberry as a treat will do no harm, a tortoise is likely to suffer from diarrhoea if they eat large amounts of this fruit, with its relatively high sugar content.

Tortoise food list

You can feed your tortoise the following items: 

  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
  • Sowthistle (Sinchus species)
  • Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
  • Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides)
  • Shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
  • Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)
  • Hawkbit (Leontodon species)
  • Mallow (Malva species)
  • Hedge mustard (Sisymbrium officinale)
  • Clover (Trifolium species)
  • Vetch (Vicia species)
  • Plaintain (Plantago species)

This list of toxic food below is by no means comprehensive.

  • Daffodil (narcissus pseudonarcissus)
  • Azalea (Rhododendron species)
  • Foxglove (Digitalis species)
  • Avocado (Persea species)
  • Buttercup (Ranunculus species)
  • Auricula (Primula auricula)
  • Bean sprouts (various)
  • Citrus fruit (Citrus species)
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea species)
  • Iris (Iris species)
  • Morning glory (Ipomoea species)
  • Wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa)

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “As with our own diets a nice treat occasionally can make a wonderful addition but we like animals have to take great care with some foods.”

“At the GSPCA we have a Poisonous Garden that helps pet owners learn about the dangers of certain plants to dogs and cats but there are precautions all pet owners need to take depending on what pet they have.”

“Our tortoise very much enjoyed a bite of strawberry that were kindly donated by the wonderful Grow Ltd team recently but they can only have a very small amount as it is not good for them despite the fact they often would love to eat as many as you can give them.”

“Like with us it is the high sugar content that is not good for them.”

“At the GSPCA we have a growing patch for those animals like tortoise that enjoy their greens and its great to be able to feed them food grown by the team and locally grown or foraged but care must be taken that it does not have chemicals, exhaust fumes or other items like dog urine which wouldn’t be good for our pets.”

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