Feed in Moderation
  • Common Name: Olive
  • Latin Name: Olea europaea
  • Family Name: Oleaceae
There seems to be no harm in tortoises eating the leaves or flowers of the Olive tree, as it grows in the natural habitat of some species (although the leaves are somewhat leathery and might not be palatable to all tortoises).

We recommend, however, that you do not feed the fruits:  it is unlikely that tortoises will eat them anyway, as fresh olives contain the glycoside oleuropein, which makes the fruit taste very bitter and it would be best if they were removed from the enclosure.
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