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  • Common Name: Squash
  • Latin Name: Cucurbita spp. esp. Cucurbita pepo; Cucurbita maxima; Cucurbita moschata
  • Family Name: Cucurbitaceae
Squashes are the fruit of the Cucurbita genus of plants and while not actually toxic to tortoises, we don't recommend feeding the fruit to tortoises other than those species who are naturally fruit eaters; such as Redfooted tortoises.  The leaves may be fed in small amounts and the flowers are acceptable in moderation to all species.  There is a theory that some members of the squash family have anthelmintic (ability to destroy or expel worms) properties, but there is no hard evidence to substantiate this. 

See also Courgette, Marrow, and Pumpkin.

Cucurbita pepo          (Summer Squashes -- Pumpkins, Acorn, Courgette, Marrow, Zucchini, Spaghetti)
Cucurbita maxima     (Winter Squashes -- Hubbard, some Pumpkins)
Cucurbita moschata  (Butternut Squash, etc)
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