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Basic nutrients list for diet items sold at Kapidolo Farms

Nutritional chart That PDF is a collection of data on what is in the diet items sold at Kapidolo Farms.  The left side is the item name, the middle array of numbers is the ‘as reported’ values. The right side array of values is…

Herpeton 2019 talk, a video

Hey folks, this is well edited version of a talk I gave at Herpeton 2019.  I have to say, I sound like someone I don’t like listening to, my voice is very monotone.  I was a bit nervous/apprehensive at this venue.  My two talks…

2019 TTPG presentation

2019 TTPG with NOTES I welcome all feedback.  Next blog post will be the result of my seeking documentation of reverse peristalses.

“Grassland” is a habitat description, not a diet definition.

I read this article, cited here, many years ago, and have used it as a resource for what I feed leopard tortoises.  I’ve recently been reading many posts on forums and social media from people lamenting that they can’t get their leopard tortoise, babies…

Fiber, a neglected diet consideration.

Fiber, what exactly is it?  Fiber consists of pieces of food that will not be digested, but aid in digestion, by providing a sufficiently firm substrate for the intestinal walls to act on – moving a bolus of food along the digestive track. Fiber…

Finding a tortoise veterinarian

Choosing a Veterinarian… Like for your own personal health, a medical resource for your tortoise is important.Choosing a vet is first limited by geography, but not as much as would at first seem to be the case.  Most vets, as professionals, can and often…

New way to buy.

The underlying software got changed. If the item you seek is in the old system and it’s what you want, please use the old system. There is a shopping cart icon, it is useless. If you want anything else, please e-mail me with your…

Pumpkins and worms

Somewhere in Facebookdom a fellow cheloniophile posted the virtues of pumpkin as an anti worming method for tortoises.  “I promptly said “no it doesn’t.” ‘ But I looked more and there is some wiggle room to suggest it might be somewhat ‘helpful’. The following…

Easy calcium carbonate supplementation

In a quest to better understand calcium supplementation I found and read this article Influence of the calcium content of the diet offered to leopard tortoises (Geochelone pardalis) where the tortoises were fed a calcium poor diet.  Unfortunately, the authors did not actually test…

Live plants for the enclosure or outside

How long should you wait to offer live growing plants to your pet tortoise, or place them into their enclosure, inside or outside. A good rule of thumb is to buy and hold for six months to one year. Many plants are treated with…