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Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)

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  • Common Name: Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)
  • Latin Name: Dieffenbachia spp.
  • Family Name: Araceae
The cells of this popular, shade-tolerant houseplant contain needle-shaped calcium oxalate crystals called raphides.   If a leaf is chewed, these crystals can cause a temporary burning sensation to the mouth and throat, and it is known that mammals who eat this plant can suffer painful oedema.

Although the effect on reptiles is unclear,  we would advise you to err on the side of caution and not feed this plant to your tortoise.
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