Hermann’s Tortoise Diet
So you want to purchase a healthy captive bred baby Hermann’s tortoise for sale, but what does it eat? Well, a lot… but in all seriousness, feeding them properly is key to a healthy pet Hermann’s tortoise. Feeding them is also simple. The best things you can feed are simple. Also, they’re easy to find and honestly better for the tortoise. Lastly, don’t go crazy with all types of veggies and even fruits which you should avoid altogether.
Hermann’s Tortoise Food List
We feed our Hermann’s tortoises a simple but very high-quality diet. Usually, our Hermann’s tortoise diet consists of:
- Dandelion Greens
- Spring Mix
- Yellow Squash
- Green Zucchini
- Collard Greens
- Mustard Greens
- Beat Greens
- Mazuri Tortoise Chow
- Chopped tomatoes
- shredded carrots
(usually available at the supermarket or produce market, just ask someone!) Spring mix (a blend of various greens and lettuces normally consisting of an even ratio of:
Baby lettuces (baby green romaine lettuce and red romaine lettuce, tango lettuce, baby green oak lettuce and red oak lettuce, lolla rosa, baby green leaf lettuce and red leaf lettuce, baby green butter lettuce and red butter lettuce), baby greens (red swiss chard, mizuna, tatsoi, baby spinach, arugula), frisee and radicchio.
The key to a good Hermann’s tortoise diet is a varied Hermann’s tortoise diet
Both our eastern Hermann’s tortoises and our baby western Hermann’s tortoise are fed the same diet.
Out of all those ingredients, one that we do not like to feed is ROMAINE or any “head” shaped lettuces as they have VERY little nutritional value. Remember, you are what you eat!
Baby Hermann’s tortoise food
We also feed our baby hermann’s tortoises as well as our adult hermann’s tortoise soaked and mushed mazuri tortoise chow, available on our website. Take 4-5 pellets per tortoise per day (based on tortoises under 1 year old, increase 3-5 pellets per year of age) and drop them into a cup of warm water for about 8 minutes or until they are swollen and soft. Some tortoise keepers mush them up, other try to keep them whole and just soften them… we feed this every other day in addition to the greens listed above daily. We sprinkle calcium on the food twice a week or provide tortoise bone (a calcium supplement also known as a cuddlebone).
Calcium is important for your Hermann’s tortoise diet
Only a few species of tortoise are smaller then the hermann’s tortoise, also known as the hermanns tortoise or herman’s tortoise for sale when spelled incorrectly. Hermann’s tortoises for sale are quite common but do to their small size. Interestingly they only have an average of 2-3 eggs per clutch. For this reason, they remain in the 200.00 and up range for captive bred babies. Most importantly, think about this when considering a pet hermann’s tortoise. Always make sure you buy a captive bred baby hermanns tortoise for sale, from an experience hermann’s tortoise breeder, also called a hermanns tortoise breeder.
Tortoise farms, or even Hermann’s tortoise farm actually exist like here at Tortoise Town. Because tortoise farms are normally the best places to locate healthy captive bred Hermann’s tortoises for sale. Lastly, we offer some of the best lines of hermanns tortoise for sale, including baby Herman tortoises for sale, juvenile western hermann’s tortoise for sale. Also, see our hermann’s tortoise care sheet for more information on caring for Russian tortoises.