Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Salmon

When I first brought Malti home, I really had no idea what tortoises ate. Some tortoises actually have very specialized diets on account of where they live or how their bodies work. And then there is Malti. To date, I have seen her attempt to eat everything from my keys to the plastic habitat sheContinue reading “Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Salmon”

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Calcium

Malti is a South American redfoot tortoise. She is also a reptile, and like all reptiles, she needs a little help to get sufficient calcium and then to absorb and use it to grow strong healthy bones and shell. I’ve been keeping parrots since I was eight, so I’m no stranger to the odd whiteContinue reading “Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Calcium”

Malti Explains Redfooted Tortoises: Opportunistic Feeding

When I first brought Malti home, the breeder reassured me that she was “eating voraciously” and that this was a sign of good health in hatchling tortoises. Later, as I began to (er) devour books about redfoot tortoise care, I learned that the red footed tortoise is what breeders and biologists like to call anContinue reading “Malti Explains Redfooted Tortoises: Opportunistic Feeding”

Malti Explains Redfooted Tortoises: Diet

Malti loves to eat. I mean….she LOVES to eat. When I take her box turtle brother, Bruce, out of his enclosure and put him down on the lawn, he runs around on the lawn. When I take Malti out of her enclosure and put her down on the lawn, she immediately dips her head andContinue reading “Malti Explains Redfooted Tortoises: Diet”

Malti’s Redfoot Tortoise Munchies

Malti LOVES to eat. She wasn’t picky when I first brought her home, but as she grows she is discovering more about what she likes best and least. This has made providing a nutritionally balanced diet a touch more challenging for her mommy. Ideally, at least half her diet should consist of fruits and veggies.Continue reading “Malti’s Redfoot Tortoise Munchies”


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