Here is a list of foods that I feel are unsuitable for Tortoises to eat

 

 

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Page updated Winter 2013 


Name Latin Family
Aconite Aconitum spp. Ranunculaceae
African Blue Lily Agapanthus spp. Agapanthaceae
African Daisy Osteospermum Asteraceae
Agapanthus Agapanthus  Agapanthaceae
Ageratum Ageratum houstonianum Asteraceae
Alfalfa Medicago sativa  Leguminosae
Allium  Allium spp. Alliaceae
Alstoemeria
Alstroemeria spp
Alstroemeriaceae
Amaryllis  Hippeastrum spp. Amaryllidaceae
Anemone Anemone spp. Ranunculaceae
Angel's Fishing Rod
Dierama spp
Iridaceae
Angel Trumpet Brugmansia spp Solanaceae
Apple pips Malus spp. Rosaceae
Aquilegia Aquilegia spp.  Ranunculaceae
Arnica
Arnica montana
Asteraceae/Compositae
Arum Lilly  Zantedeschia aethiopica Araceae
Ash
Fraxinus spp
Oleaceae
Astrantia Astrantia spp. Apiaceae/Umbelliferae
Aubergine Solanum melongena  Solanaceae
Auricula Primula Auricula Primulaceae
Autumn Crocus
Colchicum autumnale
Colchiacaceae/Liliaceae
Avocado
Persea
Lauraceae
Azalea Rhododendron spp. Ericaceae
Bacopa/Water Hyssop
Bacopa spp
Plantaginaceae
Bamboo/False Bamboo
Fargesia/Dracaena/Phyllostachys
Ruscaceae
Baneberry Actaea spp. Ranunculaceae
Batchelors Buttons Kerria japonica Rosaceae
Begonia Begonia x tuberhybrida Begoniaceae
Bird of Paradise Strelitzia  Strelitziaceae
Birds Foot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus Fabaceae/Leguminosae
Birthwort/Dutchman's
Aristolochia spp
Aristolochiaceae
Bittersweet Solanum dulcamara Solanaceae
Blackcurrant
Ribes nigrum
Grossulariaceae
Black eyed Susan
Thumbergia
Acanthaceae
Black eyed Susan Rudbeckia Asteraceae/Compositae
Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia  Fabaceae/Leguminosae
Black Nightshade Solanum nigrum L. Solanaceae
Blackthorn  Prunus spinosa Rosaceae
Blanket Weed
Cladophora/Spirogyra/Mougeotia
Cladophoraceae/Zyneamsetaceae
Bleeding Heart Dicentra Fumariaceae
Blue Star Creeper
Pratia.Isotoma/Lobelia/Laurentia
Campanulaceae
Bluebell/EnglishHyacinthoides
 Hyacinthaceae
Blue eyed Daisy Osteospermum Asteraceae
Borage Borago officinalis Boraginaceae
Boston Ivy Parthenocissus tricuspidata Vitaceae
Bottlebrush Callistemon spp. Myrtaceae
Box Buxus sempervirens  Buxaceae
Bracken Pteridium aquilinum Dennstaedtiaceae/Polypodiaceae
Broccoli
Brassica oleraceae
Brassicaceae/Cruciferae
Broom Seeds
CytisusFabaceae/Leguminosae
Brunnera Brunnera spp. Boraginaceae
Bryony/white/red
Bryonia spp
Cucurbitaceae
Burdock Arctium spp Asteraceae/Compositae
Busy Lizzie Impatiens spp. Balasminaceae
Butterbur Petasites spp Asteraceae / Compositae
Buttercups Ranunculus repens Ranunculaceae
Cabbage/red/savoy/white
Brassica oleraceae
Brassicaceae/Cruciferae
Camassia Camassia spp Hyacinthaceae, Agavaceae
Campion Silene spp. Caryophyllaceae
Canna Lily
Canna
Cannaceae
Cape Daisy
Osterospermum
Asteraceae/Compositae
Castor Oil Plant Ricinus communis Euphorbiaceae
Catnip Nepeta spp Lamiaceae/Labiatae
Cauliflower
Brassica oleracea
Brassicaceae/Cruciferae
Celery
Apium graveolens
Apiaceae/Umbelliferaceae
Ceratostigma Ceratostigma spp. Plumbaginoideae
Chenille Plant Acalypha Euphorbiaceae
Cherry Prunus spp. Roseacea
Chickweed
Cerastium spp/Syellaria 
Caryophyllaceae
Chilean Potato Vine Solanum Crispum Solanaceae
Chilli Pepper
Capiscum spp
Solanaceae
Chinese Lantern
Physalis spp
Solanaceae
Chionodoxa Chionodoxa spp. Hyacinthaceae
Chives
Allium schoenoprasum
Amaryllidaceae
Christmas Rose Hellebore spp. Ranunculaceae
Cineraria
PericallisAsteraceae/Compositae
Citrus Fruits Citrus spp. Rutaceae
Clematis  Clematis  Ranunculaceae
Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara Asteraceae/Compositae
Columbine Aquilegia spp.  Ranunculaceae
Comfrey Symphytum officinale Boraginaceae
Coneflower Rudbeckia Asteraceae/Compositae
Corn on the Cob
Zea mays
Poaceae/Gramineae
Corncockle Agrostemma Caryophyllaceae
Cotton Lavender Santolina chamaecyparissus Asteraceae/Compositae
Cow Parsley Anthriscus sylvestris Umbelliferae
Cow Parsnip Heracleum spp. Apiaceae
Cowslip Primula veris Primulaceae
Crocus Crocus spp Iridaceae
 CrotonCodiaeum variegatum
Euphorbiaceae
Crown Imperial Fritillary
Fritillaria imperials
Lilliaceae
Crown of Thorns Euphorbia millii Euphorbiaceae
Cyclamen Cyclamen spp. Primulaceae
Daffodils Narcissus spp. Amaryllidaceae
Daisy Bellis perennis Asteraceae/Compositae
Daisy Bush Brachyglottis. Asteraceae/ Compositae
Daisy Common Bellis perennis Asteraceae/Compositae
Daphne Daphne spp. Thymelaeaceae
Datura Datura spp. Solanaceae
Deadly Nightshade Atropa Solanaceae
Delphinium Delphinium spp. Ranunculaceae
Dock Leaves  Rumex spp. Polygonaceae
Dogs Mercury Mercurialis perennis Euphorbiaceae
Dogwood
Cornus spp
Cornaceae
Dyers Rocket Reseda spp. Resedaceae
Elderberry Sambucus spp. Adoxaceae; Caprifoliaceae
Elephants Ears Alocasia spp. Araceae
English Ivy Hedera Araliaceae
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus spp Myrtaceae
Euonymus Euonymus spp. Celastraceae
Euphorbia Euphorbia spp. Euphorbiaceae
Fairy Moss Azolla spp. Azollaceae
False Bamboo Dracaena sanderiana Ruscaceae
Fat Hen Chenopodium album Chenopodiaceae
Ferns various
  
Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium Asteraceae/Compositae
Fig Tree  Ficus spp. Moraceae
Figwort Scrophularia spp.  Scrohulariaceae
Firethorn/Pyracantha
Pyracantha spp
Rosaceae
Flaming Katie
Kalanchoe spp
Crassulaceae
Flamingo Flower Anthurium andreanum  Araceae
Flax Linum spp. Linaceae
Fleabane Daisy
Erigeron spp
Asteraceae/Composite
Flower-of-an-Hour Hibiscus trionum Malvaceae
Foxglove Digitalis purpurea Plantaginaceae
French Marigold Tagetes spp. Asteraceae/ Compositae
Fritillary/Snakes Head
Fritillaria spp
Lilliaceae
Fumitory Fumaria spp. Fumariaceae
Goats Rue Galega officinalis  Fabaceae/Leguminosae
Goldenrod Solidago spp. Asteraceae/Compositae
Good King Henry Chenopodium bonus-henricus Chenopodiaceae
Gooseberry
Ribes uva-crispa
Grossulariaceae
Grape
Vitis spp
Vitaceae
Grannys Bonnet Aquilegia spp. Ranunculaceae
Grape Hyacinth Muscari spp. Liliaceae/Hyacinthaceae
Grass Vetchling Lathyrus nissolia Fabaceae/Leguminosae
Greater Celadine Chelidonium majus Papaveraceae
Green Alkanet Pentaglottis sempervirens Boraginaceae
Ground Ivy Glechoma hederacea Lamiaceae
Groundsel Senecio vulgaris Asteraceae/Compositae
Gunnera Gunnera spp. Gunneraceae
Gypsophila
Gypsophila spp
Caryophyllaceae
Hawthorne Crataegus spp. Roseaceae
Heliotrope
Heliotropium spp
Boraginaceae
Hellebore Helleborus spp. Liliaceae
Hemlock Conium maculatum Apiaceae
Hemp Nettle Galeopsis spp. Lamiaceae/Labiatae
Henbit Lamium amplexicaule Lamiaceae
Herb Bennett Geum urbanum Roseaceae
Herb Hyssop
Hyssopus officinalis
Lamiaceae/Labiatae
Himalayan Balsam
Impatiens glandulifera
Balsaminaceae
Himalayan Honeysuckle Leycesteria formosa Caprifoliaceae
Hogweed Heracleum spp. Apiaceae
Holly Ilex aquifolium Aquafoliaceae
Honeysuckle leaves/berries Lonicera spp. Caprifoliaceae
Honeywort Cerinthe spp. Boraginaceae
Horse Chestnut Aesculus spp. Sapindaceae
Horsetail  Equisetum spp Equisetaceae
Horseweed Conyza canadensis Asteraceae/Compositae
Hyacinth Hyacinthus orientalis Hyacinthaceae
Hydrangea Hydrangea spp. Hydrangeaceae
Iceberg Lactuca sativa Asteraceae/Compositae
Impatiens Impatiens Balsaminaceae
Indian Bean Tree
Catalpa spp
Bignoniaceae
Iris Iris spp. Iridaceae
Ivy/English
Hedera spp
Araliaceae
Japanese Anemone Anemone spp. Ranunculaceae
Japanese Knotweed Polygonum japonicum Polygonaceae
Japanese Painted Fern Athyrium niponicum Dryopteridaceae
Japanese Rose Kerria japonica spp.  Rosaceae
Jerusalem Cherry  Solanum pseudocapsicum Solanaceae
Jerusalem Sage Phlomis spp. Labiatae/Lamiaceae
Joe Pye Weed
Eupatorium/Eutrochium purpureum
Asteraceae/Compositae
Juncus Juncus spp. Juncaceae
Juniper Juniperus communis  Cupressaceae
   
Kalanchoe Kalanchoe spp., Crassulaceae
Knotweed Persicaria spp Polygonaceae
Laburnum Laburnum spp Fabaceae/Leguminosae
Lantana (verbena) Lantana spp. Verbenaceae
Laurel Prunus spp Rosaceae
Leopards Bain Arnica montana  Asteraceae/Compositae
Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria Ranunculaceae
Lily Lilium spp Liliaceae
Lobelia Lobelia spp Campanulaceae
Lords & Ladies Arum maculatum Araceae
Love in a Mist Nigella damascena Ranunculaceae
Love lies Bleeding Amaranthus caudatus Amaranthaceae
Lupin Lupinus spp Fabaceae/Leguminosae
Lychnis Lychnis spp. Caryophyllaceae
Mahonia Mahonia spp Berberidaceae
Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris Ranunculaceae
Meadow Vetching  Lathyrus pratensis Fabaceae/Leguminosae
Milk Vetch Astragalus spp Fabaceae/Leguminosae
Milkweed Asclepias spp. Apocynaceae/Asclepiadaceae
Mimosa Acacia dealbata Fabaceae/Leguminosae
Mistletoe Viscum album Santalaceae; Viscaceae
Mock Orange Philadelphus coronariu Hydrangeaceae
Monkshood Aconitum Ranunculaceae
Montbretia Crocosmia spp Iridaceae
Morning Glory  Ipomoea spp. Convolvulaceae
Moss Rose Portulaca grandiflora Portulacaceae
Mountain Laurel Kalmia latifolia Ericaceae
Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris Asteraceae
Mullein Verbascum spp Scrophulariaceae
Nerine Nerine spp. Amaryllidaceae
Oaks Quercus spp Fagaceae
Oleander Nerium oleander Apocynaceae
Parsley Petroselinum Umbelliferae
Passion Flower Passiflora spp. Passifloraceae
Pennyroyal Mentha pulegium Lamiaceae/Labiatae
Penstemon Penstemon spp Scrophulariaceae
Peony Paeonia spp. Paeoniaceae
Perilla Perilla spp Lamiaceae/Labitae
Periwinkle Vinca major/minor Apocynaceae
Persicaria Persicaria spp. Polygonaceae
Philodendron Philodendron spp. Araceae
Photinia Photinia spp. Rosaceae
Pieris Pieris japonica Ericaceae
Plumbago Plumbago spp. Plumbaginoideae
Poinsettia Euphorbia pulcherrima Euphorbiaceae
Pokeweed Phytolacca spp. Phytolaccaceae
Poppy Papaver spp. Papaveraceae
Potato Solanun Solanaceae
Prickly Lettuce Lactuca serriola Asteraceae/Compositae
Primula Primula spp Primulaceae
Privet Ligustrum spp Oleaceae
Purple Bell Vine Rhodochiton spp Plantaginaceae
Pyrancantha Pyracantha spp. Rosaceae
Ragwort Senecio spp. Asteraceae/Compositae
Red Bartsia Odontites spp. Orobanchaceae/Scrophulariaceae
Red Hot Poker Kniphofia Asphodelaceae
Rest Harrow Ononis spp Fabaceae/Leguminosae
Rhododrendon Rhododendron spp. Ericaceae
Rhubarb Rheum spp. Polygonaceae
Sambuscus Nigra Sambucus Nigra Adoxaceae/Caprifoliaceae
Scarlet Pimpernell Anagallis arvensis Primulaceae
Scilla Scilla spp. Hyacinthaceae
Sedum Acre Sedum acre Crassulaceae
Silk Tree Albizia julibrissin Fabaceae
Silky Oak Grevillea banksii Proteaceae
Silver Ragwort Senecio cineraria, maritima Asteraceae/Compositae
Skimmia  Skimmia japonica Rutaceae
Snowberry Symphoricarpos spp. Caprifoliaceae
Snowdrop Galanthus nivalis Amaryllidaceae
Snowflake Leucojum spp. Amaryllidaceae
Sorrell Rumex acetosa Polygonaceae
Spotted Laurel Aucuba japonica  Comaceae
Spring Starflower Ipheion uniflorum Amaryllidaceae and Alliaceae
Spurge family Euphorbia spp. Euphorbiaceae
St Johns Wort Hypericum perforatum Hypericaceae/Clusiaceae
Star Jasmine Trachelospermum jasminoides  Apocynaceae
Statice Limonium spp. Plumbaginaceae
Striped Squill Puschkinia scilloides Hyacinthaceae
Sweet Box Sarcococca confusa Buxaceae
Sweet Chestnut  Castanea spp Fagaceae
Sweet Pea Lathyrus odoratus Fabaceae/Leguminosae
Sweet William Dianthus Caryophyllaceae
Tansy Tanacetum vulgare Asteraceae/Compositae
Tobacco Plant Nicotiana spp Solanaceae
Tomato Solanum lycopersicon; Solanaceae
Tulip Tulipa spp. Liliaceae
Umbrella Plant Cyperus alternifolius Cyperaceae
Valerian Valeriana officinalis  Valerianaceae
Viburnum Viburnum spp. Adoxaceae/Caprifoliaceae
Vipers Bugloss Echium vulgare Boraginaceae
Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia Vitaceae
Wallflower Erysimum cheiri Cruciferae/Brassicaceae
Wallflower wild Erysimum cheiri Cruciferae/Brassicaceae
Water Chestnut Trapa spp. Trapaceae
White Bryony Bryonia Cucurbitaceae
Wild Carrot Daucus carota Apiaceae
Wild Chervil Anthriscus sylvestris Apiaceae/Umbelliferae
Wild Lettuce Lactuca virosa Asteraceae/Compositae
Wisteria Wisteria spp Fabaceae/Leguminosae
Wolfberry Lycium barbarum Solanaceae
Wood Avens Geum urbanum Roseaceae
Wood Sorrell Oxalis spp. Oxalidaceae
Yarrow Achillea millefolium Asteraceae/Compositae
Yellow Corydalis Corydalis spp Fumariaceae, Papaveraceae
Yellow Jasmine Jasminum Jasminaea
Yellow Toadflax Linaria vulgaris Scrophulariaceae
Yew Taxus baccata Taxaceae
Yucca Yucca spp. Agavaceae