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Pumpkin

 Feed Sparingly
  • Common Name: Pumpkin
  • Latin Name: Curcurbita pepo
  • Family Name: Cucurbitaceae
The flowers and leaves of the Pumpkin plant can be fed sparingly, but we don't recommend feeding the fruit unless your tortoise is a fruit-eating species.

Although there is a theory that the flesh of the pumpkin has worming properties, and some tortoise keepers feed Pumpkin once a year when it is in season, we can find no scientific evidence to support this theory.

The seeds of the Pumpkin contain curcurbitin, which does have some worming properties, but we would not recommend feeding the seeds, as they are too high in protein.  If your tortoise needs worming it is far better to obtain approved medication from your vet.
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