Feed Sparingly
  • Common Name: Blueberry
  • Latin Name: Vaccinium cyanococcus
  • Family Name: Ericaceae
Unless your tortoise is one of the fruit-eating species, the berries of this shrub should not be fed.  The leaves of Blueberry are said to contain tannins and have some diuretic properties, so although a small amount in the diet would do no harm we don't recommend feeding the leaves in any quantity.

Gopher tortoises have been observed grazing on V. myrsinites (Shiny Blueberry) in the wild, but again this food is only a small component of the complete diet.  Flowers are mainly cream or white, but occasionally pink.

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