The Tortoise Table   

What to look for this month

Sedum Album (White Stone Crop)

Abutilon (Flowering Maple, Chinese Lantern)



Clover (Shamrock)

Cranesbill Geranium



Herb Robert

Sow Thistle (Sowthistle)


Mind-Your-Own-Business (Baby's Tears)

Opuntia Cactus (Prickly Pear/Nopales)


Sedum Reflexum

Echeveria (Hens and Chicks)

Buck's Horn Plantain (Stag's Horn Plantain, Buckshorn Plantain, Sea Plantain, Seaside Plantain)

Broadleaf Plantain (Broad-leaved Plantain, Greater Plantain, Common Plantain, Hoary Plantain, Rat-tail Plantain, Rat's Tail Plantain)

White Deadnettle (White Dead Nettle, White Archangel)

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


Friendship Plant (Pilea, Moon Valley Plant)

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

House Leek (Sempervivum; Hens and Chicks)

Alexanders (Horse Parsley, Smyrnium)


Deadnettle (Dead Nettle, Red or Purple Deadnettle, Spotted Deadnettle)

Coleus (Flame Nettle, Painted Nettle)


Sedum (Stonecrop)

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. 

App for Android and Windows Phones

We are pleased to announce the release of our new mobile app of our plant database that is available for android phones.  It is available for android phones and can be downloaded from here.  

The mobile app for Windows phones is also available for download from here too.  

We are very grateful to Steve Baldwin, a fellow tortoise keeper, for designing and producing them both. 

Please note these are the first releases so we are looking forward to receiving your reviews for Steve.

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 Tribe Crests?

Click here to find the answer.


'Our finest flowers are often weeds transplanted'. 

                                                                       Elbert Hubbard, The American Bible

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