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Diet

Tortoises in the wild roam over a large area, picking at bits of food along the way. In captivity they are often given large amounts of lush food which they do not have to go far to eat. This can result in them growing too fast and the shell becoming "pyramided". Tortoises should be fed as naturally as possible and young tortoises only to be fed every other day so that they grow slowly so that the shell does not become deformed.

Diets based on lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber is not ideal and feeding of dry concentrated diets can be disastrous resulting in shell deformities.

The ideal diet would be a good variety of leafy vegetation and flowers with a calcium supplement but be careful that you avoid plants that are poisonous to them.