QUOTE(Dagashi @ Feb 14 2013, 10:15 AM)
Sorry bunga kertas is bouganvilla. This is available alot everywhere. But my stars will only eat mebbe only leaf only.
Since you bought the cactus.. you can grow it in your garden for future use. Or buy extra just for growing. then it is sustainable and you will have constant supply. We are quite lucky.. One pad is bigger then them and they can only eat one fifth of it. Also our neighbours have plenty and they don't mind us pruning their stocks.
Your star is still young? they shouldn't be eating that much! also if it's juvi (under one year). You may want to chop it up a bit more so easier for them to eat it.
We used to grow bermuda grass inside the enclosure. so that they can eat it whenever they like. It's so very easy if you have a shallow tray of coco coir (coconut fiber) in your enclosure or your enclosure is made of coco coir. They usually eat it faster than we can grow it. (You can buy bermuda grass seeds from Ace hardware or Houz Depot in Kota Damansara.)
I don't know the local weed name. usually we will just trail our torts in the garden and let them eat whatever they like there. and take note what they like. Since we don't use fertilizer we figure that all should be safe. Saw them spitting out some stuff... so maybe they don't like the taste! They hardly eat weeds anyway. Usually it's when they are exploring (hardly).. and not hiding. If you have a garden you can try to let them explore. They have a great sense of smell and shouldn't eat stuff that are poisonous to them.
If you don't have a garden you can bring them out to the park where you see lots of weeds and see what they try.
Alternatively you can get them timothy hay. but young torts may have difficulty eating hay. Initially we had chop it up really really really finely and make a tortoise meatball (you can find the recipe for tortoise meatball on tortoiseforum.org). now they can eat it on their own.
Yes beans are high in protein but it's okay to give them once in a while. It's definately not a daily food. They have debunked the myth that high protien leads to pyramiding. Otherwise beans are fine. Of course it's only like one or two stalks in a month or fortnightly.
As my wife and I are both working and not so free to keep looking for veges for them on a daily basis. (in fact usually our vege purchases are solely meant for them!) We resorted to keeping them on a 70/30 diet of 70% pellet (mazuri) and 30% vege. that way they get the proper nutrients (gives us less headache on their feeding habits), they still have sufficient fiber and their beaks are kept trimmed and useful eating veges. Cause our stars and sulcata are still small, we still need to moisten the mazuri before they eat it.
So far our torts (kept for about a year) are doing well on this diet.
We also keep a block of cuttlefish bone in the enclosure for them to much chew whenever they like. Gives them the additional Calcium they need.. or to keep their beaks tip top condition.
Many thanks for your detailed reply.
My 2 star tortoises are more than 4 inch. I got them from a Penang seller last year somewhere in July. When I got them, they were kept in a small cardboard & I didn't notice the female star actually had "sprayed legs". Very unethical seller.
I am staying in a condo and thus, I keep them in a blue fiber container (about 3.5 ft x 2 ft) at the balcony. I am using black soil with coconut foil as their substrate.
I realize it is impossible to regularly feed them with the cactus pad as the cactus plant doesn't seem to grow after I cut out 2 out of the 10 cactus pads.
All this while, I have been feeding them with sawi, romaine lettuce, and mazuri. Occasionally on hibiscus & cactus pads too.
I will try to grow bermuda grass & buy some more hibiscus plants. I have timothy hay but they don't like it. I did wet the mazuri as I find that it's too hard for them to eat. They can easily finish 6 pellets of mazuri.
I have been reading up about this cuttlefish bone frequently. Where can I get them in KL or PJ?
Attached are some pictures of my star tortoise & their enclosure. Notice the one with the "sprayed legs" is the female star..
P.S. I find it really troublesome as everytime I have to really clean my hands after I handled them..