Russian & Greek Tortoise
Experience Level: Intermediate
Nutrition and Maintenance
• These tortoises are herbivores, meaning their dietconsists of primarily plant matter.
• Tortoises benefit from a variety of different items in the diet so it is important to alternate the vegetables and fruits being fed.
• Prepared pellet diets are also available.
• They require calcium supplementation as part of their diet.
• Fruits and vegetables should be fed from a bowl to avoid accidental ingestion of the substrate.
Dark, leafy greens
(kale, collard, mustard,
dandelion, escarole) and
squash and shredded carrots)
Every day; should constitute
90% of the fresh food.
Offer only enough to be
consumed in four hours.
Apples, bananas, melons,
Once to twice weekly; should
constitute 10% of the fresh food.
Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours.
|Offer daily in addition to fresh vegetables and fruit.|
|*Vegetables should be dusted with a calcium supplement twice weekly|
• Tortoises may drink from a shallow dish often while enjoying a full-body soaking. They also absorb moisture from the vegetables they eat.
• Water bowls should be emptied and refilled daily.
Use caution when handling pets and remember that all pets may bite or scratch especially when
stressed. To handle your tortoise, gently grasp the middle section of the shell; do not handle by the
extremities. Supervise children around pets.
Pets may transmit disease to humans; be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning the habitat.