Q:

What do desert tortoises eat?

A:

Desert tortoises are herbivores, and their diet in the wild consists of grasses, some species of cacti and their flowers, shrubs and wild flowers. Desert tortoises generally eat fresh plant materials, though their diet greatly depends on their specific region and the availability of food.

Know More

Full Answer

Captive tortoises require herbicide-free and pesticide-free forage, such as grasses, weeds, leafy greens and dried leaves and stalks. Because they are adapted to living in arid climates, desert tortoises require small amounts of water, and commercial produce with higher water content and less fiber should be given in controlled amounts. Avoid feeding cat or dog food to desert tortoises, as this may cause deformed growth and kidney and liver diseases.

Learn more in Reptiles

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Where do tortoises live?

    A:

    There are several different kinds of tortoises, but the commonly recognized giant Galapagos tortoise is native to the Galapagos islands. The Galapagos Islands are located off the coast of South America in the Pacific Ocean.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do silver dollar fish eat?

    A:

    Silver dollar fish are herbivores and feed on plants when in the wild, but silver dollar fish in captivity can be fed fish food, raw leafy greens, cooked vegetables or algae tablets. Pet silver dollar fish should be fed a few times each day.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do nematodes eat?

    A:

    Nematodes consume a variety of different materials, including plants, fungi, algae, bacteria and other nematodes. As with other organisms, some nematodes are herbivores and consume only plant and vegetable matter, while others are carnivores and rely on meat for their dietary nutrients. Nematodes live in many different environments, which explains the diverse array of items that they consume.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do alligators eat?

    A:

    Alligators are predators, eating fish, birds, mammals, mollusks and other reptiles. They consume prey of increasingly larger size as they grow from juveniles to adults. Although their diet is primarily flesh-based, alligators do sometimes eat fruit.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore