It is crucial to give your Horsefield the correct food and nutrients. This and housing are the two biggest factors that will contribute to your pets health and success. I have added below a buyers guide of the best food, seeds and vitamins you can buy online as well as a list of food to give him and what you need to avoid.
Ultimate Diet Buyer Guide
Product Description Rating
Grassland Natural Tortoise Food
#1 Best bet for food because it is specifically designed for the Horsefield tortoise and its Testudo Genus. It's formulated just for them with the correct vitamins, minerals and fiber. All natural with no artificial colors or preservatives and mainly consists of their favorite, Dandelion and Yucca. ★★★★★
Komodo Dandelion Flavour Food
I recommend this because Dandelion is one of their top favorites and Komodo is a trusted provider. It receives 4 stars because although it is a excellent food source, you need many different types of food including fresh. A big heath secret for them is having as many different types of food as possible. Add this to your food arsenal! ★★★★
ProRep Tortoise Feed Growing Kit
A large part of their diet needs to be locally grown plants, flowers and shrubs so this is the perfect kit to do so. Grow as large of variety as you can to feed them with. ★★★★★
Cuttle Fish Bone
One of the best sources of calcium (they need a lot) is the cuttle bone fish. You can put this in there pen and let them chew on it or scratch some off into a dust over their food. ★★★★
Tortoise Table Starter Kit ULTIMATE
#1 Best bet to get you started the fastest and correctly. Includes everything you need to start. Takes all the guess work out of it! For someone getting their first Horsefield, this saves the hassle of piecing everything together yourself and wondering if it's right! Save by bundling and getting all the correct supplies in one place. ★★★★★
Horsefield Care Made Easy
Advanced guide. This is the only guide that is made just for the Horsefield Tortoise. Includes everything on buying, housing, food, breeding, hibernation and health issues. All of the information you need to know specifically about your one type of pet, the Horsefield tortoise, is in this care guide. ★★★★★
Horsefield Tortoise Food list
Grass (Bermuda, Rye, Alfalfa, Blue grass, Fescue)
Green leaf lettuce
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Hibiscus flower and leaf
Dandelion (one of their favorite!)
White (Dutch) clover
Rose leaves and pedals
Wild Mustard greens
Most broad leaf weeds
Pear cactus, feed him the pads (called nopales)
Mazuri Tortoise Diet ® (exception to the pellet rule)
Red leaf lettuce
Shredded carrot and top
Shredded sweet potatoes
Shredded beets and tops
Feed him fruit on occasion, around once or twice a week. Keep it sparingly because excessive amounts will cause diarrhea, parasites and colic. Consider it a sweet treat; you don’t want to feed him candy all day long!
- Prickly pear cactus apples
Supplements – Cuttlefish Bone
This bone helps to add calcium to their diet. You can either leave a bone in his housing and have him self regulate how much calcium he needs or scape some off into a edible powder over his food using a knife.
If the bone is left in his housing it will also serve to wear down his beak. This can help if your pet is using his sharp beak too much of his surroundings including other tortoises. They can be purchased at a reptile pet supply store.
What to Avoid
There are many consequences, including death, if a proper diet is not implemented correctly. Health signs include scute pyramiding due to over feeding or high protein. The tragedy of poor health, low quality of life and early death can be prevented you make sure to know what is harmful to your Horsefield tortoise.
Especially if you are keeping your pet indoors because they get less exercise and hibernate less. They can overeat and not live as long.
Food that has been sprayed with pesticides or in large grocery stores as it contains less nutritional value. Using grocery stores is okay in moderation but do not solely rely on this as your only source of food. Always buy or grow organic if possible.
This does not sit well with Horsefield tortoises and this is something they would never encounter in the wild so it needs to be avoided. Untrained employees at large generic pet stores could unknowingly suggest types of pelleted food. This includes any pelleted food such as dog or cat food.
types of meat or any other high protein foods need to be avoided. The Horsefield tortoise is an herbivore and not a carnivore. They will eat meat if you give it to them so be sure to keep any meat out of his housing. Protein is important for a Horsefield tortoise but excessive protein can be damaging.
- Any meat (protein)
- Peas (protein)
- Beans (protein)
- Any animal meat (protein)
- Iceberg lettuce (no nutrients)
- Head lettuces (no nutrients)
- Cat or dog food (pellets)
- Any commercial dried food
- Spoiled or moldy food
- Excessive fruit
- Melons (excessive moisture)