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It is very obvious, that these small reptiles have very large appetites and will happily eat as many times as they are offered food. They never appear to be “full” and as soon as they hear footsteps on the terrace, coming running to see if they are going to be fed. Mummy believed tortoises to be slow, but boy can they shift when they see a dandelion! Everyone who’s met Txomin and Arthur are also genuinely surprised that they sprint as opposed to amble.
Txomin even appears to beg for food, and raises his front leg almost like a dog begging – he’s learnt that mummy finds this very endearing as she likes to believe he is asking for a cuddle and picks him up to give his head and neck a quick stroke and then gives him an extra bit of food!
Very early on, mummy realised that plants that tortoises like to eat, cannot be planted in their house. She knows this because she planted a small aloe vera plant in their second house and the next day, was rather surprised to find it had been eaten down to a small stump - yet Txomin and Arthur still came out looking for more food. Therefore, only grass and some small weeds are in their house and their food is rationed – there is no free buffet.
Their food is a mixture of home grown, outsourced (neighbours and friends) and shop bought goodies. Mummy is regularly seen picking weeds from the field in front of her house and is sure people think she is a little odd, clutching handfuls of dandelions, daisies and clover!
Once a week, she also adds some Reptivite reptile vitamin with D3 powder to their food, to ensure they are getting the minerals, vitamins & nutrients and amino acids they need to keep healthy. The powder actually smells awful and makes mummy’s tummy turn a little bit, but the tortoises seems to enjoy it.