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Sweet Pepper (Green Pepper, Pepper, Capsicum, Bell Pepper)

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  • Common Name: Sweet Pepper (Green Pepper, Pepper, Capsicum, Bell Pepper)
  • Latin Name: Capsicum spp.
  • Family Name: Solanaceae
This plant comes from the same family as tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco and the nightshades, and although the pepper itself is not actually toxic to tortoises (and a small amount will not harm them), the leaves, stem and roots are toxic and should not be fed. 

The pepper does not have a good calcium to phosphorous ratio (it is 1:2.1) and the ripened pepper can be too high in sugars for most tortoises (although it can be fed sparingly to fruit-eating species).
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