Rep-Cal Tortoise Food
Rep-Cal Tortoise Food is formulated to ensure proper growth and health by providing complete and balanced nutrition. It is a veterinarian recommended food containing natural plant and fruit ingredients tortoises love and provides the 100% complete daily nutrition they need.
Rep-Cal Tortoise Food has been tested successfully for tortoises by reptile veterinarians. It is fortified with optimal levels of vitamins and minerals like calcium and Vitamin D3 so no other food or supplements are required.
- Feed every morning: Offer slightly more food than your tortoise can eat in a day, and allow your pet access to its food for the entire daylight period. Be sure to empty and clean the dish at the end of each day.
- Feed on a plate or other flat surface: We recommend a plate or other clean, flat surface because tortoises have difficulty picking up food from deep bowls.
- Have water available at all times: Your tortoise should have access at all times to a shallow bowl containing fresh, clean water. Also, your tortoise needs to be soaked in shallow warm water: two times weekly for adults; three to four times weekly for juveniles.
- Pellets can be moistened in water or fruit juice before feeding: Some tortoises find that the softer soaked pellets are easier to pick up.
Guideline For Daily Feeding
These quantities serve as initial estimates, since the amount of food eaten by your tortoise will depend on its size, condition, health, and temperature of its environment.
|Amount of Food/Day
|under 2"||1/4 cup|
|2" - 4"||1/2 cup|
|4" - 8"||1 cup|
|8" - 12"||1 1/2 cups|
|12" - 16"||2 cups|
|over 16"||more than 2 cups (as needed)|
General Care Considerations
A healthy tortoise is alert and aware of its surroundings. Its eyes are bright and its nose is dry. It will eat and drink readily, and enjoy being soaked in warm water. Tortoises' stools are dark and formed. Their urine may be clear in part. White chalky deposits in urine are termed urates and are normal.
Food intakes will be less than optimal when animals are cold, sick or stressed. Low food intake is unhealthy for your tortoise and will increase its susceptibility to serious disease. Ensure that the humidity level and temperature is appropriate for the species and observe for stressful conditions. Factors that may stress your tortoise include a cage that is too small or too cold, recent shipping, and dehydration from infrequent soaking. If low food intake persists, consult your veterinarian.