Opuntia Cactus (Prickly Pear/Nopales)

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  • Common Name: Opuntia Cactus (Prickly Pear/Nopales)
  • Latin Name: Opuntia spp.
  • Family Name: Cactaceae
Opuntia is a large genus, ranging from tree specimans to ground cover, all of which are safe (both pads and fruit).   In large quantities Opuntia can have a laxative effect, so don't overfeed.  Opuntia ficus indica is one of the most popular varieties for tortoises, as it has fewer spines and glochids than some of the others.
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