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.