Latin Name:Cucurbita spp. esp. Cucurbita pepo; Cucurbita maxima; Cucurbita moschata
Family Name: Curcurbitaceae
Squashes are the fruit of the Curcurbita genus of plants and while not actually toxic to tortoises, we don't recommend feeding the fruit to tortoises other than those species who are naturally fruit eaters; such as Redfooted tortoises. The leaves may be fed in small amounts and the flowers are acceptable in moderation to all species. There is a theory that some members of the squash family have anthelmintic (ability to destroy or expel worms) properties, but there is no hard evidence to substantiate this.