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Avocado Tree (Alligator Pear, Avocado Pear)

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  • Common Name: Avocado Tree (Alligator Pear, Avocado Pear)
  • Latin Name: Persea Americana, syn: Persea gratissima
  • Family Name: Lauraceae
All parts of the Avocado are toxic to many animals, birds and pets:  this includes the roots, leaves, bark, flower, pip/stone and fruit.  The leaves contain persin, which is a fungicidal toxin and affects different animals with varying degrees from gastric upset, diarrhoea and vomiting, and has resulted in death in birds and rabbits. 

We have found Avocado on a list of plants that are dangerous for reptiles and amphibians, and it should therefore not be planted anywhere in or near the tortoise enclosure.
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