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Cotoneaster

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  • Common Name: Cotoneaster
  • Latin Name: Cotoneaster spp.
  • Family Name: Rosaceae
It is probably wise not to let your tortoise eat the leaves or berries of Cotoneaster, as the seeds contain cyanogenic glycosides which, when metabolised, produce hydrogen cyanide.

The leaves tend to be leathery in texture and many tortoises find them unpalatable, but if your tortoise happens to nibble a leaf or flower there should be no cause for concern.

Flowers have five petals and are usually white or pink.  Berries are red, orange, or yellow.
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