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Tortoises are reptiles of the family Testudinidae of the order Testudines. Like turtles, tortoises have a shell to protect them from predation and other threats. Tortoises live in a variety of habitats, from deserts to wet tropical forests.


Tortoises can vary in size with some species, such as the Galápagos giant tortoise, growing to more than 1.2 meters (3.9 ft) in length, whereas others like the Speckled cape tortoise have shells that measure only 6.8 centimeters (2.7 in) long.


Tortoises are omnivorores. Earthworms, nightcrawlers, redworms, mealworms, whole feeder goldfish and other live feeder fish, snails, crickets, snails with the shell, slugs, and grub worms, should make up at least 30% of the diet. The remaining 80% of the diet should be composed of kale, melon, cantaloupe, fresh leafy greens, legumes, tofu, boiled egg, cooked yam, corn on the cob, tomatoes, and chopped and steamed broccoli.


They may enjoy strawberries, tomatoes, peaches, and apricots. Tortoises should be fed daily. Water should be provided in a shallow bowl to allow them to enter easily to soak and drink.

Feeding Tortoises

Promeal Product Recommendations for Tortoises

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