Fiber in tortoise feed
The feces of wild land turtles contains much higher levels of fiber than the feed of the animals living in captivity. Wild tortoises produce feces which is compact, well shaped and contains remains of several kinds of grasses. Animals in captivity often produce loose, badly shaped feces.
It is therefore important to provide the animals with feed which is rich in fiber, such as alfalfa hey, grass hay and banana leaves. The protein-level and the Ca:P ratio of the feed do need to be checked. The level of protein can not be too high and the Ca:P ratio for herbivores should be between the a.25:1 (fully grown animals) and the 2:1 (growing animals). For carnivores this is 15:1 or even 20:1.
A relatively easy way to ensure a higher intake of fiber is to present the animals with dried leaves and grasses. Even turtles that just come from the egg are very fond of this.
In general the following can be said about turtle feed. Low in fat and protein, Rich in minerals and vitamins, High/b> in fiber and Sufficient in fluids.