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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



London Pride

Echeveria (Hens and Chicks)

Sedum (Stonecrop)

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

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. 

Tortoise Table Website concerns:

The Tortoise Table website is running very slowly and people are mailing us to let us know they can’t get on to the site, which is loading, but sometimes times out. It looks as if this is because so many people have downloaded the app for their mobile phones. Because the app requires an internet connection, it is using up our bandwidth and causing the delays.

Therefore, unless you have signed up for the trial stand alone app, we would be very grateful if you could delete the TTT app from your phone until the new standalone app is ready for general release. You will still be able to use our mobile TTT site on your phone.

If a sufficient number of people delete the app The Tortoise Table website should work smoothly once again. Many thanks and we are very sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.

The Tortoise Table team.

Mobile Site

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new mobile website which should make life easier for people to access us using a phone when out and about, but you will still need internet access.

You can find us by typing in our website address in to your phone web search browser.

Many thanks to people who have been kind enough to donate to our cause, because without  your help this would not have been possible for a very long time.

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 booklet  (condensed version) which gives advice on plants that are edible for your tortoise and which are suitable to grow in your garden.

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, our general rule is that this statement applies to all parts of the plant (leaves, flowers, roots, bark, etc.), and if some parts are safe but others are not, we will list the parts that are not safe.

Additional Features to the Website

Plant Icons

We often get asked 'can I feed the whole plant or is it just part of the plant'?  So in response to this, we are incorporating plant Icons to 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.  Please bear with us whilst we complete the work as it will take some time to add these to the 800 entries.

Feed in Moderation

The moderation orange traffic light colour coding is being split in to two sections.

  1. An orange colour coding with a green square to indicate you can feed a plant in moderation safely.
  2.  An orange colour coding with a red square to indicate 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.

Handmade Cards for Sale

We really need your help to allow our work to continue and so we have produced beautiful hand-made cards which you can purchase.  Click here for more details of cards and how to order.

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 with identifying a plant?

If you need a plant identifying to decide whether it is safe to feed your tortoise or grow in the tortoise enclosure and can't see it on the website, then please 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.

Topiary Tortoise

Click here for instructions on how to make your own topiary tortoise to decorate your garden.

Anagram Corner

Find an anagram by rearranging the letters of the word or words in the question below.  The answer will be the name of a plant which is in the Tortoise Table database.


What is the anagram of the words A Cheaper Flat Inlet?

Click here to find the answer.


“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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