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Old 06-08-2013, 07:28 PM   #1
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I've just changed my tortoises substrate to tortoise terrin pets at home one it contains sterilised top soil, sand, Calcium and limestone. As soon as I put him back he's eating it and won't stop is this safe him??
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:20 AM   #2
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I wouldn't like my tortoise eating a substrate like that. You would be better off changing it to standard topsoil and lightly dusting his food, weeds etc with calcium (calciun carbonate or limestone flour) if he still wants to eat it shouldn't do him any harm. Some torts are happy to eat Limestone Flour from a bowl.
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Hiya,
I've just changed my tortoises substrate to tortoise terrin pets at home one it contains sterilised top soil, sand, Calcium and limestone. As soon as I put him back he's eating it and won't stop is this safe him??
Maybe he just needs the calcium in it. Have you tried calcium block? I break a block up for mine but since he s an adult he only seems to need it early season. Never heard of a tortoise eating soil though I admit.
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Thank you xx I might try the calcium block but I do put calcium on his food 3-4 times a week xx
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:17 PM   #5
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Personally I wouldn't use it. There was a recent case of someone loosing their adult tort after using this, he ate it, got impacted, prolapsed, stopped eating & eventually died.
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