The Tortoise Table   

What to look for this month

House Leek (Sempervivum; Hens and Chicks)


Geranium (Small and large hardy perennials)


Clover (Shamrock)

Cranesbill Geranium

Sow Thistle (Sowthistle)




Opuntia Cactus (Prickly Pear/Nopales)

Sedum Reflexum


Hawkbit (False Dandelion, Desert Chicory)

Echeveria (Hens and Chicks)

Sedum Spurium (Dragon’s Blood Sedum; Tricolour Stonecrop; Two Row Stonecrop)

Sedum (Stonecrop)

Saxifrage (Stonebreaker, Stone Breaker, Rockfoil)

White Deadnettle (White Dead Nettle, White Archangel)

Ribwort Plantain (Narrowleaf Plantain, Narrow Leaf Plantain, English Plantain)

Campanula (Trailing or Low Growing: Bell Flower, Bellflower)

Campanula (Upright: Bell Flower, Bellflower, Canterbury Bells)

Creeping Thistle (Field Thistle, Prickly Thistle, Canada Thistle)

Red Valerian (Jupiter’s Beard, Spur Valerian, Kiss Me Quick)

London Pride

Sedum Album (White Stone Crop)

Aloe (Aloe Vera)

Plants of Interest to Tortoise Keepers

We aim to provide you with a resource for safe practice and to try to reduce some of the confusion that exists at present concerning the feeding of tortoises, as well as giving a general understanding of the principles of providing a varied and nutritious diet. 

Request for Mrs D. A. Kelly - 27 January 2016

We have received a cheque for a booklet from you, but there was no address included so if you could please contact us with your address we will send the booklet out to you as soon as we can”.

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Visit us on YouTube

Click here to see our slideshow on plants which are safe to feed to your tortoise

Plant Booklet

Click here for our free downloadable pdf plant booklets  (condensed versions) which give advice on plants that are edible for your tortoise and which are suitable to grow in your garden, plus tips for growing.

Living with a Sulcata—A Light-hearted Read

Keeping sulcata tortoises can be fun and often can cause problems you never thought of when you buy a hatchling.  Click here to download our pdf document of one owner's experience.

 Handy Tips

Garden Chat Forum

Don't forget to check the email notification box, which you will find above the area where you type your message.  Notification will automatically be sent to your email inbox to let you know when someone has replied to your message.

Plant Database

Please note that if an entry states that a plant is safe to feed to tortoises, or can be fed in moderation, that it applies to all parts of the plant (leaves, flowers, roots, bark, etc.), and if some parts are safe but others are not, we list the parts that are not safe.

Useful Website Features

Plant Icons

We have plant Icons on the main tips section of each plant entry so you can determine whether to feed the whole plant, just the flower or the leaf only.

Feed in Moderation

The moderation amber (orange) traffic light colour coding is split in to two sections.

  1. An orange colour coding with a green square indicates you can feed a plant in moderation safely.
  2.  An orange colour coding with a red square indicates that you should feed the plant sparingly. 
Click here to read the How to Use the Database section for more information.

Don't Forget

Clicking on smaller images in the database will enlarge the photos to provide you with more detail.

Interesting Articles

Proper Diet for Desert Tortoises an interesting read by Geoff Stein. Click on the link given and you will find this in the Tortoise Species section.

Moist Root Shelters for Hatchlings by Editha Krüger published in the journal Radiata 17 (2), 2008.
A must read for all tortoise keepers. 

An excellent video showing the resuts of poor care or diet.

This is a video on Youtube that you NEED to watch please click here to view.

Need help identifying a plant?

Take a good close-up picture of the whole plant, one of the leaf arrangement and where there is a flower, a clear picture of the flower. 

Then register or log in to the TTT website forum and post your pictures where our plant experts are waiting to help.

Or email your picture to

The Egyptian Tortoise

This interesting 2007 article publishes the observations of a research team studying the population of Egyptian (Testudo Kleinmanni) in Libya and includes a list of plants eaten and plants used for shelter, as well as an assessment of the most potent threats to this species in the wild.


“You can't trample infidels when you're a tortoise.  I mean, all you could do is give them a meaningful look.                                                                         Terry Pratchett  (1948)

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