When deciding to bring home whatever type of pet in your house, the very first thing that every pet owner must look into is the general condition of the animal. When bringing in a new Leopard tortoise, owners must remember that their diet is a bit different to ordinary house pets.
Take note of some health issues
When you are bringing in a new pet from a pet shop, chances are these animals are poorly nourished and not getting the right kind of nutrients they should be getting to maintain a healthy body.
A poorly nourished tortoise may exhibit poor health, which is evidenced by a poor shell, obviously slower movement, and in some cases, presence of different forms of parasites.
What Should You Feed Them
Leopard tortoises are the second largest species of tortoise in Africa. Two of its sub species are normally recognized, out of which Stigmochelys pardalis babcocki is most common and is in pet trade. If you have one for a pet you might as well take a go through this article so that you know which food is the best for it.
They are herbivores and an ideal situation would be if you let your pet sustain itself; let them graze in a well planted area that is not chemically treated. They need high fiber diets for a well-nourished body and their diet should be supplemented twice a week by turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens, grape leaves, hibiscus flowers and leaves, mulberry leaves, spineless cactus pads, carrots, pumpkin, zucchini, sweet potato, mushrooms, yellow squash and bell peppers.
Any type of meaty diet should be avoided as it leads to unnecessary growth and increased levels of urea, kidney and liver problems, and bladder stones.
Make sure not to feed them a lot of wet food like tomatoes, fruits and lettuce. The tortoise requires a high fiber, coarse diet. Sugar content in the fruit is likely to alter the pH of the gut which might result in the death of your tortoise. Excessive soft foods and fruits causes repeated flagellate-a type of parasite and other gut problems like colic, which is a due to a probable increase in the gut motility.
Mix large portions of whatever your tortoise likes and help them cut down on fruits or treats. You should always keep your tortoise’s bowl of water full. It is not necessary to feed them every day; a hungrier tortoise will appreciate a healthy diet.