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Hi,

what can I feed my Indian Star tortoise and how many times a day/week do I need to feed them?

Right now I am just feeding them grass and some plants, but they love to eat fruits and vegetables which I feed them occasionally.

Also my tortoise aren't much active. Anything I can do to change that?

Regards,
Jay

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You can feed them once a day, but not too much.  Give them enough for them to eat for 15-20 minutes, and no more.  Their diet should be mostly grass and hay, cactus, and some leafy greens (or weeds) such as dandelion, turnip, mustard, and so forth.  They should not eat fruit or vegetables.  

In order to help you with your second question, I need more information.  Can you tell me how you have them set up?  How big is their enclosure, and is it indoors or outside?  If indoors, what kind of lighting do you have for them, and do they have a UVB bulb (special reptile bulb)?  What are the basking and cool area temperatures?  What kind of substrate is there?  Is water available?  Do you soak them?  When I have the additional information, I can give better advice on whether they should be more active.

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Questions regarding husbandry of Russian tortoises and other Mediterranean species, sulcata, and redfoot tortoises; general tortoise and turtle care; box turtle care. If I can't answer a specific question, I can provide sources for further research. Disclaimer: My advice is not a substitute for vet care. If I think your tortoise/turtle has a specific medical condition or injury that warrants a vet visit, I'll tell you so, and if possible I'll help you locate a vet. It is neither legal nor ethical for me to provide veterinary advice.

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I have kept and bred Russian tortoises for over ten years and have other Mediterranean species plus redfoots and box turtles. I've worked with other tortoise and turtle species while doing volunteer rescue work; mostly sulcata but some leopards, California desert tortoises, yellowfoots, all box turtle species, red-eared sliders, etc. I don't personally keep aquatic species, but have access to a wealth of information and research to help you with any questions you might have.

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My knowledge is based on hands-on experience keeping, breeding, and working with tortoises and turtles.

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