So you want to purchase a healthy captive bred baby leopard tortoise for sale, but what does it eat? Well, a lot… but in all seriousness, feeding them properly is key to a healthy pet pardalis babcocki or pardalis pardalis leopard tortoise. Feeding pet leopard tortoises is also SIMPLE. The best things you can feed are simple, easy to find and honestly better for the tortoise then going crazy with all types of veggies and even fruits which you should avoid altogether.
We feed our leopard tortoises a simple but very high quality diet of Dandelion Greens (usually available at super market 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 raddichio.
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!
We also feed soaked and mushed mazuri tortoise chow, available on our website. Take 6-8 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).
Leopard tortoises are some of the larger tortoises but no where near as large as sulcata tortoises, though giant south african leopard tortoises (pardalis pardalis) can get close to the sulcata in length but not in weight. If you are looking to purchase a baby leopard tortoise, leopard tortoises for sale are quite common, and it is important when considering a pet leopard tortoise to make sure you buy a captive bred baby leopard tortoise for sale, from an experience leopard tortoise breeder, also called an leopard spur thigh tortoise breeder. Tortoise farms, or even leopard tortoise farm actually exist and are normally the best places to locate healthy captive bred leopard tortoises for sale. We offer some of the best lines of sulcata tortoise for sale, including baby leopard tortoises for sale, juvenile leopard tortoise for sale, as well as ivory leopard tortoises for sale.