Red Maple

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  • Common Name: Red Maple
  • Latin Name: Acer rubrum
  • Family Name: Aceraceae
The leaves of this plant are extremely TOXIC (especially when wilted or dead) to livestock, and the seeds are known to be toxic to dogs.  The identity of the toxin is unknown but it seriously damages red blood cells, preventing them from transporting oxygen, and often causes the death of horses in a very short time. 

We do not know of the effects of the toxin on reptiles, but in the absence of evidence we would advise you to keep all parts of this tree away from your tortoise.  Do not confuse with other Acers, which are not toxic.

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