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I feed my tropical and subtropical herbivorous tortoises (Redfoots, Yellow foots and Elongated tortoises) once every 3 days. This includes adults, juveniles and hatchlings. It is true that in the wild they may seek food every day, but they will not necessarily find any, or enough. Being given a full belly every three days has some benefits: a) they eat up all the scraps, b) they are not just eating the favourite bits as they can if fed every day, c) they get more exercise- patrolling for food, rather than a short trip from their hide to the food and back again, and d) it becomes less of a chore.


You cannot liken a reptile's metabolism to that of a mammal (such as us). We would suffer, they do not.
I know there will be emotional and illogical protests at my approach so all I can say is that I have been doing this very successfully for 40 years, with smooth grown to full adult CB and healthy illness free breeding stock.


Bottom line, missing feeding once or twice a week, even for Meds. will do no harm.
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Old 12-04-2020, 09:17 AM
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I feed my tropical and subtropical herbivorous tortoises (Redfoots, Yellow foots and Elongated tortoises) once every 3 days. This includes adults, juveniles and hatchlings. It is true that in the wild they may seek food every day, but they will not necessarily find any, or enough. Being given a full belly every three days has some benefits: a) they eat up all the scraps, b) they are not just eating the favourite bits as they can if fed every day, c) they get more exercise- patrolling for food, rather than a short trip from their hide to the food and back again, and d) it becomes less of a chore.


You cannot liken a reptile's metabolism to that of a mammal (such as us). We would suffer, they do not.
I know there will be emotional and illogical protests at my approach so all I can say is that I have been doing this very successfully for 40 years, with smooth grown to full adult CB and healthy illness free breeding stock.


Bottom line, missing feeding once or twice a week, even for Meds. will do no harm.
That definitely makes sense! I think I am going to try missing a day or two each week, hopefully that will encourage her to eat all her food (which she doesn’t right now) and maybe make her less picky. Its great to here from someone who has lots of experience with it and it has seemed to work well for you! 😄
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Old 12-04-2020, 09:26 AM
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Sitting on the fence here!

If she had an outdoor permanent enclosure she would get exercise wandering around eating weeds and plants that had been grown in there specifically tortoise edible ones. If it wasn't hot enough she wouldn't eat - obviously I'm not talking sub zero temperatures!

The tropical and sub tropical species aren't they kept indoors and fed a more 'specialised' diet?
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That definitely makes sense! I think I am going to try missing a day or two each week, hopefully that will encourage her to eat all her food (which she doesnít right now) and maybe make her less picky. Its great to here from someone who has lots of experience with it and it has seemed to work well for you! 😄

Put simply, if a tortoise isnít eating all itís given, either the temps are too low or you are overfeeding. Itís the same with most dogs and other animals, those that walk away from the food dish are almost always overweight or unhealthy. Feed less each day, itís much healthier than forcing a captive animal to eat dirty rubbish. Outdoors they will often eat sun dried stuff, scavenging for leftovers indoors is a different scenario altogether.
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That definitely makes sense! I think I am going to try missing a day or two each week, hopefully that will encourage her to eat all her food (which she doesn’t right now) and maybe make her less picky. Its great to here from someone who has lots of experience with it and it has seemed to work well for you! 😄

Put simply, if a tortoise isn’t eating all it’s given, either the temps are too low or you are overfeeding. It’s the same with most dogs and other animals, those that walk away from the food dish are almost always overweight or unhealthy. Feed less each day, it’s much healthier than forcing a captive animal to eat dirty rubbish. Outdoors they will often eat sun dried stuff, scavenging for leftovers indoors is a different scenario altogether.
Ok thank you for ur opinion, but ik it isn’t that i am feeding her too much... it is purely bc she is picky. She will only eat one type of food and only a certain section of that so I am going to try this method as i have tried everything else. I also never use food bowls as it provides no stimulation for her, instead i scatter the food and allow her to find it herself. I am aware that our styles of care are different but I am glad to hear what you do as it always will help someone!
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Ok thank you for ur opinion, but ik it isnít that i am feeding her too much... it is purely bc she is picky. She will only eat one type of food and only a certain section of that so I am going to try this method as i have tried everything else. I also never use food bowls as it provides no stimulation for her, instead i scatter the food and allow her to find it herself. I am aware that our styles of care are different but I am glad to hear what you do as it always will help someone!
When a tortoise is only feeding on one food, is when you need not to feed for a few days. As your tortoise is not really hungry but just eating (like children do when they want junk food) what they want. Variety is the way to go, tortoises will eat anything when hungry:0)
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Ok thank you for ur opinion, but ik it isnít that i am feeding her too much... it is purely bc she is picky. She will only eat one type of food and only a certain section of that so I am going to try this method as i have tried everything else. I also never use food bowls as it provides no stimulation for her, instead i scatter the food and allow her to find it herself. I am aware that our styles of care are different but I am glad to hear what you do as it always will help someone!
What are you feeding?
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Ok thank you for ur opinion, but ik it isn’t that i am feeding her too much... it is purely bc she is picky. She will only eat one type of food and only a certain section of that so I am going to try this method as i have tried everything else. I also never use food bowls as it provides no stimulation for her, instead i scatter the food and allow her to find it herself. I am aware that our styles of care are different but I am glad to hear what you do as it always will help someone!
When a tortoise is only feeding on one food, is when you need not to feed for a few days. As your tortoise is not really hungry but just eating (like children do when they want junk food) what they want. Variety is the way to go, tortoises will eat anything when hungry:0)

Will definitely try that out... hopefully she will get back into a healthier routine after a few days 🙂
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Ok thank you for ur opinion, but ik it isn’t that i am feeding her too much... it is purely bc she is picky. She will only eat one type of food and only a certain section of that so I am going to try this method as i have tried everything else. I also never use food bowls as it provides no stimulation for her, instead i scatter the food and allow her to find it herself. I am aware that our styles of care are different but I am glad to hear what you do as it always will help someone!
What are you feeding?
Dandelion leaves, the only thing i can get her to eat. I am aware that it is not the most healthy of all the weeds but hopefully giving her a few days without will do some good!
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Dandelion leaves, the only thing i can get her to eat. I am aware that it is not the most healthy of all the weeds but hopefully giving her a few days without will do some good!
If you only give her bittercress or sowthistles she will eat them when hungry. But you have to be the strong one and not worry if she does not eat for a few days (always scary) no healthy tortoise will refuse food if they are hungry enough. But they are crafty and know if they wait you will be the first to give in:0)
Tortoises can be very stubbon:0)
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