Feeding

Feeding your Greek Ibera is one the most important aspects of captive keeping. The Greek Ibera requires a high-fiber, low-protein, low sugar/fruit diet. DO NOT feed animal protein including meat or dairy. The dietary protein required should come from plant sources.  Avoid feeding fruit as part of their diet. Fruit is too high in sugar and has a detrimental effect on their bodies. Cacti fruit as an occasional treat in the summer is ok in very low amounts.

  • Feed grasses, weeds and flowers such as: dandelion, plantain, mulberry leaves, hibiscus, pansies, rose petals, sow thistle, clover, mallow, optunia cactus pads.

Many commercial foods are starting to appear on store shelves. None of these foods represent a complete diet. Some can be used in conjunction with a proper and varied diet. Some are detrimental to your tortoises health. Do the research to really understand and be able to provide a correct diet.

One of the most common issues seen in surrendered animals is lack of a correct diet resulting in picky eaters. Just like humans they have taste buds and would rather eat candy compared to what’s good for them! If you have a picky eater and are having trouble getting him on a correct diet try this method.

Examples of Greek Iberas eating home-grown food: