Hermanns and fruit

Post your pictures and any questions here of European tortoises e.g. Ibera Spur Thigh, Ibera Graeca, Marginated, Hermanns, Kleinmanni and we include the Horsfield tortoise. Also, do add pictures of Mediterranean tortoises you have seen in the wild.
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Steve
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Hermanns and fruit

Post by Steve » 21 May 2020, 15:29

Hi there

Can/should I feed my Hermanns any apple? I recently found him nibbling on an apple core!

Thanks
Steve

Kimberley
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Re: Hermanns and fruit

Post by Kimberley » 22 May 2020, 10:29

Hi,

No they don't need fruit and I wouldn't give it to them. It messes with their gut flora and it's not a part of their natural diet. They might like it, but just like with kids and candy, doesn't mean you should give it.

Kimberley

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Nina
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Re: Hermanns and fruit

Post by Nina » 22 May 2020, 11:49

Yes, well said, Kimberley!
A Hermanns tortoise's digestive system doesn't cope well with the natural sugars in fruit (and tomatoes count as a fruit too). In the wild they do occasionally encounter fallen fruit on the ground, and they will certainly eat it, but as Kimberley said it's a bit like feeding chocolate to a baby -- they love it but it's not really good for them.

Nina

Steve
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Re: Hermanns and fruit

Post by Steve » 22 May 2020, 13:23

Thanks Kimberly and Nina. I thought so but best to double check. 👍

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