Russian tortoise diet
So you want to purchase a healthy captive bred baby russian tortoise for sale, but what does it eat? Well, a lot… but in all seriousness, feeding them properly is key to a healthy pet russian tortoise. Feeding them 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 Russian 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.
What do I feed my Russian tortoise?
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 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).
Russian tortoises are small but need a wide variety of food to eat!
Russian tortoises are some of the largest tortoises on earth. Only a few species of tortoise are smaller then the russian tortoise, also known as the horsfield tortoise or horsfield tortoise for sale. Russian tortoises for sale are quite common but do to their small size only have an average of 2-3 eggs per clutch, so they remain in the 200.00 and up range for captive bred babies, and it is important when considering a pet russian tortoise to make sure you buy a captive bred baby russian tortoise for sale, from an experience russian tortoise breeder, also called a russian tortoise breeder.
Tortoise farms, or even russian tortoise farm actually exist and are normally the best places to locate healthy captive bred russian tortoises for sale. We offer some of the best lines of russian tortoise for sale, including baby russian tortoises for sale, juvenile russian tortoise for sale. Also see our russian tortoise care sheet for more information on caring for russian tortoises.
Below are some tips and information on the care of the captive bred russian tortoise. You can always email us with questions you may have about your new pet russian tortoise.
- We offer a huge Russian tortoise care section of our website, all prepared by our staff Biologist. Take the time to learn proper Russian tortoise care needs including: