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Pea (Pea Shoots, Pea Sprouts, Mangetout, Snow Pea, Snap Pea)

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  • Common Name: Pea (Pea Shoots, Pea Sprouts, Mangetout, Snow Pea, Snap Pea)
  • Latin Name: Pisum sativum
  • Family Name: Fabaceae/Leguminosae
Peas, like other legumes, are not good for tortoises.  They are very high in protein and contain high levels of phytic acid.  Phytic acid, which is present in the coating of seeds and nuts and is the principle storage form for phosphorous, has an effect similar to that of oxalic acid, in that it prevents the body from absorbing calcium.  This, in turn, can lead to your tortoise suffering from kidney stones and other problems, so although Peas and Pea Shoots are not actually toxic, they should not form part of your tortoise's diet. 

Flowers of the Pea plant range in colour from white through to pink, lavender and purple.  The immature pods of the peas are called Mangetout (often written as Mange Tout or Mange-tout).

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