One of the most important things you must monitor with a pet tortoises is their diet. Not only do you need to control what to feed your tortoise, but also what you can and cannot feed your tortoise. Tortoises enjoy a wide range of plant-based foods.
Vegetables are one of the main sources of food for tortoises, as they provided calcium and vitamin D3 vitamins which keep their bones healthy. While most vegetables are safe tortoises, there some types that should be kept away from tortoises.
I am frequently asked if tortoises can eat Brussel sprouts. Let’s learn more!
Can Tortoises Eat Brussel Sprouts
According to experts, Brussel sprouts are safe for your tortoise to eat. However, we must keep in mind that anything excessive may result in health issues for your tortoise.
Brussel sprouts are a member of the cabbage family. It is a small type of cabbage that takes 80 to 100 days to mature. It is low in calories but high in many nutrients, particularly fiber, vitamin K, and vitamin C.
If you want to feed your tortoise Brussel sprouts, make sure you feed them moderately. A small amount on occasion is good enough. Brussel sprouts can be used as a reward system for your tortoise. Giving around three (3) to four (4) Brussel sprouts at once may be harmful to your tortoise because Brussel sprouts contain a high level of oxalic acid.
This may increase the tortoise’s risk of developing related dietary disorders. If the tortoise is exposed to a large number of Brussel sprouts, the calcium may bind and prevent absorption.
For a guide to feed your turtle, check out my article on how much to feed a turtle.
Now that you understand the benefits and drawbacks of feeding Brussel sprouts to your tortoise, you should know other popular plant-based foods you can feed your tortoise. The following are some vegetables and fruits that are beneficial to tortoises:
- Peppers – Green, Red, and Yellow
- Sweet Potato
In addition, here is a list of some fruits and vegetables that can help their diet but should be consumed in moderation:
It should be noted that canned vegetables, dairy products, and bread are not suitable for tortoises to consume. It is best to purchase some commercial tortoise food regularly.
While tortoises and turtles can go a long time without food, you should still make sure to feed them at least every other day.
Finally, we must keep our tortoise happy and healthy to insure they have a good standard of life. Our responsibility as caregivers is to provide them with the best care possible for them to live. We must always remember to look after them because they can make us smile and inspire us.