Grassland Tortoise Food

Formulated specifically to meet the nutritional requirements of Grassland Tortoises. Packed full of nutritious yucca, dandelion greens and other wholesome plants beloved by tortoises; also contains long-stem fibers as part of its natural diet; designed by Ph.D. nutritionists to ensure optimal growth and shell development.

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Tortoises can be finicky feeders and could ingest food that is not appropriate for them, resulting in health issues down the road. To minimize this possibility, provide your tortoise with a wide variety of nutritious foods in moderation.


Dandelion Greens

Occasional dandelions provide vitamins A, C and K as well as potassium and iron minerals – perfect additions to any tortoise’s diet! Combine with other vegetables or meats for even greater nutritional benefit.

Dandelion dishes are popular meatless lunch options that feature roasted chickpeas, feta cheese and dandelion greens in a refreshing salad form. Finish it off with a poached egg for a satisfying yet nutritious lunch option.

ZooMed food offers an ideal alternative for those who lack the time or dedication to regularly prepare fresh grasses for their tortoises. Formulated by Ph.D nutritionists specifically to meet the unique dietary requirements of grassland tortoises, its blend contains chopped grasses (timothy, miscanthus and alfalfa) alongside other plants such as dandelion and yucca which contain long fibers vital for maintaining an appropriate high fiber diet for tortoises; plus it comes equipped with vitamin A, calcium carbonate and probiotics!


Containing yucca, an essential staple in natural tortoise diets. Red Foot tortoises require high fiber foods for proper digestive health and vitamin D3 support to promote calcium absorption and shell development – this pellet form makes digestion easy!

Gopher tortoises typically exist at moderate densities in coastal sand pine scrub, inhabiting habitat-defining areas dominated by evergreen oaks such as sandhill oak (Q. inopina), Chapman oak (Q. chapmanii), saw-palmetto and saw-palmetto [9, 10]. Also common are deciduous trees such as slash pine and live oak with Florida rosemary and saw-palmetto as herb layer [10, 11].

Studies of sandhill tortoises have demonstrated that large movements between habitat patches are common for these animals, likely reflecting factors like food availability, reproductive activity, basking at or near apron sites (mounds formed when burrows are excavated), wetness or drought conditions or physical disturbance, or plant succession [10]. At Ichauway however, optimal habitat patches were more often aggregated together rather than randomly dispersed [10].

Other Plants Appreciated

Grassland tortoises enjoy eating green beans, collards, turnip greens, kale, mustard greens and other leafy vegetables such as collards. In addition they like enjoying the leaves from hibiscus bushes and mulberry trees as well as fruits such as berries, bananas and figs.

Zoo Med’s Natural Grassland Tortoise Food and Natural Forest Tortoise Food are unlike most tortoise foods, in that they contain high fiber levels while minimal protein levels (pyramiding is not normal). Furthermore, both products provide essential nutrition from dandelion greens and yucca.

Outdoor enclosures should include grasses and weeds for grazing purposes, along with bright white light for 8-12 hours per day and one or more UV-B bulbs to provide UV rays that assist calcium metabolism and other physiological processes. Position these lights so the tortoise will waken to sunlight at morning, retire from it during midday, or burrow beneath them in winter to moderate temperatures while providing higher humidity than indoor enclosures.

Long-Stem Fibers

Tortoises require plenty of calcium in their diet in order to build their shells and maintain bones, joints and kidney function. Calcium can be provided through various means: one popular choice is providing your tortoise with high-grade calcium carbonate blocks; alternatively you could provide your tortoise with powdered forms of calcium powder that they can sprinkle onto their food as needed.

Alongside offering your tortoise with plants, fruits, and vegetables, you can provide healthy pellet foods like Mazuri or Zoo Med Grassland pellets which should be moistened before feeding to give an additional dose of fiber into their diet. Feed these once or twice every week to add variety into their life!

Zoo Med recently unveiled an upgraded version of their Grassland Pellet that includes long-stem fibers from natural grasses and herbs like oat, timothy, alfalfa, dandelion greens, and yucca – providing your tortoise with some much-missed plant material that would normally exist in nature. This product provides your tortoise with something close to what they would encounter naturally in its native habitat – helping it replicate natural diet and provide essential plant material they need while living out in captivity!