Sulcata Tortoise Greens And vegetables List

Greens and vegetables are an essential part of Sulcata’s diet. And, Sulcatas can eat a variety of most available plants and vegetables.

However, some, even though edible to Sulcatas, can be harmful to them if consumed regularly. 

Therefore, it would be best to understand which greens and vegetables are suitable to include in your Sulcata diet.

For this reason, we came up with this article to help you understand what and how much greens and vegetables you should include in your Sulcata’s diet.

Remember, exotic pets depend on their owners to provide a healthy diet. An improper diet can cause ill health as well as shorten your Sulcata’s lifespan. 

Therefore, keep reading to stay on the know and avoid committing wrong diet choices that can cause harmful health and death to your Sulcata.

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What Vegetables Can Sulcata Tortoises Eat?

What Vegetables Can Sulcata Tortoises Eat?
What Vegetables Can Sulcata Tortoises Eat?

Sulcata’s diet should include at least 10-15% of vegetables. Vegetables are good sources of calcium and vitamins. However, some vegetables contain high oxalic acid that binds in calcium, preventing it from being absorbed.  Also, other vegetables contain no nutritional value.

As such, it is critical to understand what vegetables you should include or avoid when feeding your Sulcata tortoise. Remember, Sulcata tortoises are like eating machines. They will, therefore, feed on everything you offer to them even though it’s harmful.

It is, therefore, your responsibility as a Sulcata tortoise owner to choose suitable vegetables that do not have any health risks to your pet.

Some of the best vegetables to offer your Sulcata include carrots, kales, green beans, endive, and turnip greens. 

When feeding vegetables to your Sulcata tortoise, it would be best to provide them with a dish to prevent them from ingesting sand or gravel. Sand and gravel ingestion causes impaction to Sulcata tortoises.

What Greens Can Sulcata Tortoises Eat?

What Greens Can Sulcata Tortoises Eat?
What Greens Can Sulcata Tortoises Eat?

Greens are also part of the Sulcata tortoise diet. They provide calcium and vitamin in Sulcata tortoises.

Luckily, Sulcatas, with their voracious appetite, can consume almost every green plant. However, Sulcata tortoises only require small portions of these green leafy plants. 

Therefore, it is necessary for you to regulate how much green plant to feed your Sulcata tortoise.

Additionally, not all greens are useful to Sulcatas. Some such as kales, rhubarb, collard, and parsley are not suitable as they contain high oxalates.

Therefore, you should only feed a small portion of the best greens to your Sulcata. A good thumb rule is to provide only 1-5% of these green.

Some of the best greens to offer your Sulcata include mustard, turnip, and dandelion, among others.

Sulcata Tortoise Greens and Vegetables Diet Chart

Sulcata Tortoise Greens And Vegetables Diet Chart
Sulcata Tortoise Greens And Vegetables Diet Chart

Sulcata tortoises can consume almost all vegetables and greens. They do not know how to differentiate a good diet from a bad one. And, too much or too little greens and vegetables can cause health issues in Sulcata.

It is, therefore, your responsibility to offer them a good diet and in the right portion. For this, here is a table showing what, how much, and how often greens and vegetables you should feed your Sulcata tortoise.

Greens To Sulcata% DietHow often to feed Sulcata
chicory10-15%You can feed regularly 
Endive 10-15%You can feed regularly 
arugula10-15%You can feed regularly 
Grape leaf10-15%You can feed regularly 
Green oak leaf10-15%You can feed regularly 
Kale 1-5%Feed occasionally 
Boy Choy1-5%Feed occasionally 
Collard greens 1-5%Feed occasionally 
Mesclun lettuce 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Radicchio 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Red leaf lettuce 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Turnip leaf 1-5%Feed occasionally 
Spinach 1%Feed sparingly 
Watercress 10-15%Can include in every meal
Romaine 1-5%Feed occasionally
Spring Mix lettuce 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Rhubarb 10-15%You can feed regularly 
White, red, and purple clovers10-15%You can feed regularly 
Mulberry leaves 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Grape leaves10-15%You can feed regularly 
Cactus pads 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Mallow 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Dandelions 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Beet greens 1-5%Feed occasionally 
Parsley 1-5%Feed occasionally 
Chard 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Sprouts 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Lamb’s lettuce 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Edible flowers 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Radish tops 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Curly lettuce 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Peacock poppy  10-15%You can feed regularly 
Black berry 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Flowering maple 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Butterfly bush 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Pot marigold 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Wild carrot 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Dahlia 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Meadow fescue 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Day lilies 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Goat’s beard10-15%You can feed regularly 
Raspberries 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Mullien 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Oregano 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Hibiscus  10-15%You can feed regularly 
Black medick10-15%You can feed regularly 
Ice plants leaves 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Reed fescue 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Basil 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Green to feed sulcata
Vegetables For Squirrels% Sulcata DietHow Often To Feed
Cabbage10-15%You can feed regularly 
Grated raw carrots 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Sweet potatoes 1-5%Feed occasionally 
Pumpkin 1-5%Feed occasionally 
Broccoli 1%Feed sparingly 
Corn on  the cob10-15%You can feed regularly
Bell peppers 1-5%Feed occasionally 
Cucumber 1-5%Feed occasionally 
Celery 1-5%Once a week 
Cauliflower 1-5%Once a week 
Mushrooms 1-5%Feed occasionally
Zucchini 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Squash 10-15%You can feed regularly 
Potato 1%Feed sparingly 
Brussels sprouts 1%Feed sparingly 
Chives 1%Feed sparingly 
Eggplant 1%Feed sparingly 
Peas 1%Feed sparingly 
Onion 1%Feed sparingly 
Parsnip 1%Feed sparingly 
Tomato 1%Feed sparingly 
Yams 1%Feed sparingly
Cow parsley 10-15%You can feed regularly
Portabella mushroom10-15%You can regularly 
Beetroot 1%Feed sparingly 
Asparagus 1%Feed sparingly 
Watermelon leaves 10-15%You can feed regularly
Aloe 10-15%You can feed regularly
Crested dog tail 10-15%You can feed regularly
Nettle 10-15%You can feed regularly
White clover 10-15%You can feed regularly
Fig leaves 10-15%You can feed regularly
Asian greens 10-15%You can feed regularly
Capsicum 1-5%You can feed occasionally
Courgettes 1%Feed sparingly 
Indian vegetables 1%Feed sparingly 
Kale and Cavolo Nero1%Feed sparingly 
Microgreens leaves 10-15%You can feed regularly
Okra 10-15%You can feed regularly
Puha leaves 1%Feed sparingly 
Silverbeet – korare1%Feed sparingly 
Witloof 10-15%You can feed regularly
Alfalfa sprouts 10-15%You can feed regularly
Azuki beans 1%Feed sparingly 
Anise 1%Feed sparingly 
Fennel 1%Feed sparingly 
Lavender 1%Feed sparingly 
Thyme 1%Feed sparingly 
Paprika 1%Feed sparingly 
Tabasco pepper 1%Feed sparingly 
Tat soi 1%Feed sparingly 
Horseradish 1%Feed sparingly 
Cayenne pepper 1%Feed sparingly 
Broccoli Raab 1-5%Feed occasionally
Corn 1-5%Feed occasionally
Dill 1-5%Feed occasionally
French sorrel 1-5%Feed occasionally
Vegetables For Squirrels
Toxic plains for SulcataHow often to feed?
Azalea Never feed
Aconite Never feed
Autumn  crocus Never feed
Black locust Never feed
Boxwood Never feed
Buttercup Never feed
Butterfly weedNever feed
Calla Never feed
Castor bean Never feed
Cherry laurel Never feed
Daffodil Never feed
Elephant ears Never feed
Foxglove Never feed
Heavenly bamboo (nandina)Never feed
Horse nettle Never feed
Gloriosa lilyNever feed
Iris Never feed
Hyacinth Never feed
Lantana Never feed
Lilly of the valley Never feed
Marsh marigold Never feed
Trumpet flower Never feed
Tobacco Never feed
Wild cherry Never feed
Yellow allamanda Never feed
Spring Adonis Never feed
Nightshade Never feed
Toxic plains for Sulcata

Wrapping Up

Sulcata tortoises are hardy and easy to keep, even for beginners. And, keeping them happy and healthy mostly depends on what you feed them.

Somebody compares Sulcata vs Russian tortoise as reptile pets.

One of the most common mistakes that tortoise keepers make is overfeeding and feeding the wrong diet.

Since reptiles have slow metabolisms compared to mammals like dogs and cats, it would be best to feed them small portions of food.

Overfeeding and the wrong choice of diet can cause significant health issues to Sulcatas. 

Therefore, you should study the above list of edible vegetables and greens to avoid making such mistakes.

We wish you all the best with your Sulcata tortoise.

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