Feed in Moderation
  • Common Name: Bougainvillea
  • Latin Name: Bougainvillea spp.
  • Family Name: Nyctaginaceae
The leaves and flowers of the Bougainvillea are not generally considered to be toxic, but the vine hides spines that have a waxy covering that can cause contact dermatitis in people or injure eyes if pricked, so it isn't advisable to grow this plant in the tortoise enclosure.  There are reports that the sap can cause mild toxicity in dogs if ingested, but we believe there is little danger to reptiles and so a few leaves and flowers could be added to the tortoise diet, but it is best to feed in moderation only. 

The flowers come in a variety of colours from purple, red, orange and yellow, through to pink and white.
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