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Russian & Greek Tortoise

Experience Level: Intermediate

Greek and Russian tortoise in terrarium

Nutrition and Maintenance

Dietary Requirements
• 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.

Dietary Options
  Examples Feeding Frequency
Vegetables*

Dark, leafy greens

(kale, collard, mustard,

dandelion, escarole) and

vegetables (zucchini,

cauliflower, broccoli,

squash and shredded carrots)

Every day; should constitute

90% of the fresh food.

 

Offer only enough to be

consumed in four hours.

Fruits

Apples, bananas, melons,

red berries

Once to twice weekly; should

constitute 10% of the fresh food.

 

Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours.

Prepared Diets

Commercially

prepared

Offer daily in addition to fresh vegetables and fruit.
*Vegetables should be dusted with a calcium supplement twice weekly

Water
• 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.

Other Reminders
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.