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Wheat (Wheat Grass, Wheatgrass, Common Wheat, Bread Wheat)

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  • Common Name: Wheat (Wheat Grass, Wheatgrass, Common Wheat, Bread Wheat)
  • Latin Name: Triticum spp; esp T. aestivum
  • Family Name: Poaceae/Gramineae
The young grass of the wheat plant is fine for tortoises, but the grain is high in protein and gluten, the Calcium content is almost non-existent, and the phosphorus levels are high, so only allow tortoises to graze the leaves and remove the spike with the flowers or seeds on it.

Several other members of the Poaceae family are called Wheat Grass (for example, Elymus scaber, Agropyron cristatum, and Elytrigia elongata), but the same advice applies: you can feed the leaves of grass but avoid the seed or grain.
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