Healthy tortoises do eat every day but can easily skip a meal or two. On the colder months they do not necessarily eat every day. When tortoises hibernate, they do not eat for weeks as their metabolism slows down significantly.
Tortoises sometimes eat rocks and stones to make up for a mineral deficiency in the their diets. It might be that they mistake rocks for actual food; other times they just want to explore and seek new stimuli.
Tortoises should not drink milk. A tortoise simply doesn’t have the right digestive system to get any nutrients from milk. While it wouldn’t be dangerous for a tortoise to drink a little milk, it won’t do them any good either. There are other sources of calcium that a tortoise needs instead.
Tortoises and turtles do fart! They can range in size and sound just like humans! They will probably not be as loud, but they can be just as pungent. Diet can contribute to their farts as well as the amount of gas build-up they experience during the day.
Since our tortoises don’t have the luxury to run to the kitchen and grab a snack, we have to be careful about what to feed them. The nutritional needs between tortoises varies between species so in this article we’ll delve deep into the subject. We look at what they can eat, how much, how often and what foods they should avoid.
Tortoises can get fat and it’s a major health hazard if they do. Turtles and tortoises can gain too much weight, adding fat deposits on their limbs and necks, which restricts their ability to tuck into their shells for safety.