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I have a Herman's tortoise and use this product as part of his diet. He goes mad for these little colour drops and instantly picks out all the green ones from the pile and eats them first., Mad i know i never have thought a tortoise would have a favourite colour.
Positives= This product is a easy way to add a bit of variety to your tortoise's diet and is a very quick way of treating them to . To prepare you only need to add water to the pellets and let them soak for 5minutes intill soft and they are ready to serve straight to your little guy. Besides this its good-value for your money and one tub will last you a few months if you watch how big your portions are.
Negatives= Now i didn't know this when i first started using this item but after reading few people' comments and speaking to my local vet they advised me to be careful with this product due to the fact that the protein levels are a little to high for regular consumption. By feeding the majority of slow growing tortoises this item more than 1- 2 a month can cause them to grow to quickly for there shell and cause alot of health problems.
So hopefully you will use this item wisely and not over do it, I would never fully take this away from allan my tortoise has he absolutely adores these little rainbow balls, but like any food that are not that healthy for us then we would have it as a rare treat , So do the same for this item and they will enjoy it more.
This item is from the company T-Rex and i find them to be a very reputable company that sell products at reasonable prices. This item currently retails at about £4.50 to £12.00 depending on what size tub you buy. The tubs are sized at 170g, 340g or 680g.
The T-Rex dry tortoise formula an excellent alternative for your tortoise, and helps provide a healthy, balanced and nutritional diet. The dry food can be bought in three sizes: 170g, 340g and 680g. The food comes in a transparent plastic container with a bright orange lid so you can easily see it in a reptile or pet shop. It is also available in some supermarkets.
Each container has an orange label round it with a drawing of a tortoise eating the food. The whole look is quite tropical and unique, which makes it look very appetizing to buy. On the label, it is claimed that the dry food is a '100% vegetable diet, highly palatable and convenient & cost effective'. It is also high in fibre, which is good for any tortoise's diet. All tortoises can eat it but I personally have a Hermans tortoise. I agree with all these points apart from the cost effective part unless you are willing to clean up after your tortoise. My tortoise goes mental in his tank and ends up getting the food out his bowl all over his substrate (he has sand). It is hard to clean up and this leads to some of it going to waste. The good thing is, you can put the food as it is in a bowl and most of the uneaten food will remain in there to be reused another time and poured back into the container.
The actual food is multi-coloured, which is very attractive for you and your tortoise. The food consists of small dry balls of 4 different colours - yellow, red, orange and green. The food actually smells surprisingly nice too but I wouldn't go eating it yourself unless you want to turn into a tortoise! As the box says, this product is 'not for human consumption'. The food contains protein, fats/oil, fibre, moisture, ash and vitamins as well as copper. All these ingredients will help your tortoise to lead a healthy diet.
My tortoise finds this food very easy to eat, as the pieces are small. He doesn't seem to like the way the food is dry and it is recommended on the box to be moistened and fed to your tortoise by itself or with fruits and vegetables. The only problem with this is that you won't be able to reuse the food. An ideal way is to sprinkle some over some fresh fruit or vegetables that you give to your tortoise so it can get the best of both the moisture and extra nutritional benefits.
This is an excellent product as it is easy to prepare and very good for your tortoise. The 170g, 340g and 680g cost around £4.99, £6.95 and £11.49 respectively. I would recommend getting the largest 680g container as it will last you ages and is definitely cost effective in the long run, even if your tortoise spills some across the tank. My tortoise seems to love it every now and then and it gives me a break from preparing fresh fruits and vegetables! Highly recommended - visit www.t-rexproducts.com for more information.
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t rex dry tortoise formula is a dry pellet food ideal for feeding to all tortoises as there main diet, it is made from 100% vegetable matter, low in fat, high in fibre.
This is a realy convienient food to feed to your tortoises as you can simply just tip it onto a plate streight from the tub dry and let them eat it that way, all my babies are willing to do this but a finicy adult that is used to fresh food might take a little persuading, i usually moisten the food a little or mix with a little fresh veg to encourage them to begin eating it but once they have you will find that they prefer this to any other food.
If fed dry there is very little mess with this food or waste as it doesnt go off so can be left in there viv untill they have eaten all of it, fed moist it sticks to them as all tortoise owners will know they have a habbit of sitting in there dinner bowl so this can be a little messy.
It is cheaper to feed this than fresh veg as it only costs £4.50 for a 170g tub or £5.90 for a 430g tub.
It smells georgeous, it reminds me of a sunday dinner, the smell is enough to make you salivate if you are hungry and all my tortoises come running to the front when ever they see me with this tub in my hand.
I do sprinkle it with calcium powder as they need quite high quantities to keep there shell healthy but have never had any health problems with them and the added bonus to this food is it doesnt make there poo sloppy like fresh fruit and veg can so your viv will be easier to clean.
I use the T-Rex Tortoise Dry Formula for my 8 year old tortoise and he loves it. It makes a great change for him as to fruit and vegetables. It gives him a good nutritional balance and a serving of vitamins when he eats it.
You can buy this product in different sizes - small, medium and large. It comes in a see-through plastic tub with an orange lid and the label round the side. It stands out as there are multicoloured balls inside, which are very vivid. Opening the lid, you can see the seal over the food to keep it fresh. After peeling this back, you are blasted by the strong smell of the food - but it's not a bad smell!
The dry formula is suggested to be served moist, but this ruins the texture and means it cannot be reused as it will decompose. If you put it in your tortoise's bowl as it is, they can eat it like that and you can pour the remains back into the tub to be reused - it lasts a lot longer this way. The large tub is around £10, so it's good to save some money by doing this and it can be eaten as it is anyway. It is also good to mix it with some fruit sometimes, but you can't then reuse it as it would be all stuck to the fruit.
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I have had my box of T-Rex Tortoise Dry Formula for a few weeks now, and having bought a 680g container of the stuff, I think its going to last me and my tortoise a long time, although I won't be eating it - just the tortoise. I actually found out about this from Dooyoo after I read a review, so I thought I would do my own now I have purchased it.
It comes in a transparent box. Depending on the weight, it will come in different sizes. The 680g container is actually huge because the food inside is so light, that the weight is low so the box is big. A big label across the front indicates what it is, with a bright orange and yellow colour. It reads that it is 'complete and balanced nutrition for all tortoises' and that it is high in fibre. It also has three points on the front that read:
* 100% Vegetable Diet
* Highly Palatable
* Convenient & Cost Effective
The palatable word just means tasty/delicious in case you didn't know. I have to agree with the third point, as it is very convenient and cost effective. If I don't quite have the time to chop up some fruit and vegetables for my tortoise, then this is the perfect option.
Having a lizard too, I always have to make her something different but at least my tortoise has this. It is very easy to prepare, and I simply pour some into my tortoise's bowl and he will eat it just like that. However, on the container, it says that it should be fed moistened. I wouldn't recommend this as my tortoise loves it just as it is, and once moistened it will start to decay in the tank shortly after putting it in, and won't be able to be used again.
However, by serving it to your lucky tortoise in it's standard state, it is beneficial. They are allowed and it my tortoise loves to eat it just how it is. Also, because I pour a lot into the bowl, all of which the tortoise will not eat, I am able to pour back into the container what he hasn't eaten so it lasts ages and he will end up eating every last ball! This is best to do, because it needs to look like a lot in the bowl so the tortoise can see it and easily pick pieces up. It can then be put back by easily being poured back into the container and re-used later. It is easy to screw off the big orange lid and simply pour out into the bowl for your tortoise. Originally, the container comes with an insulating foam circle to cover the food under the lid.
The look is quite unique and attractive. They are many small balls of a dry textured substance that are in all different colours to make it very attractive. The colours are red, orange, yellow and green. I am not quite sure that a tortoise is able to pick out their favourite colour, but you never know! Anyway, my tortoise looks really cute eating these small balls and he loves them to bits! Their small size enables even baby tortoises to eat them without trouble. They are perfect for any tortoise to eat, but mine only being around 8 years old (as he can live up to over 100) still isn't big enough to take more than one ball at a time, although sometimes he has done two. They aren't stupid and I'm sure they won't choke themselves by eating this - it is very safe.
As for the smell, it has quite a strong aroma. It has a very sweet, but sickly smell to it. It definitely can be identified as animal food, as it is different to any other food that you will get on YOUR plate; scent-wise. I used to like the smell a lot, but it has become quite sickly to me over the years and I am not very fond of it anymore. However, it seems like my tortoise loves it! Whenever I put it in his tank, he goes running for the food bowl and dives in literally! He treats it like one of those ball pits, but he does actually eat it too!
As for the price, you can buy them in three sizes:
170g - £4.50
340g - £6.95
680g - £9.75
You will find them for similar prices in a pet shop. They can be hard to buy, but any shop that sells reptiles will most probably stock these and more T-Rex and reptile products. I luckily have a reptile shop nearby me (when I say nearby, it's actually about 40 minutes away), but I can buy mine here as the guy stocks everything.
As for the facts, it provides a good balanced and nutritional part of a diet. It also helps in aiding the digestive system to work effectively, and has the following ingredients:
Corn, Processed Wheat, Oats, Soy, Alfalfa Meal, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Soy Protein, Cane Molasses, Coconut Fat, Natural Flavours, Proplonic Acid, Artificial Flavours, L-lysine, Salt, DL-Sulphate, Choline Chloride, D-biotin, Zinc Oxide, Yucca Extract, Manganous Oxide, Artificial Colours, Bht(preservative), B12 Supplement, Niacinanide, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulphate, Calcium Pantothenate, Calcium Iodate, Riboflavin, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamins.
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I would suggest this product to anyone with a tortoise. All tortoises can eat it, whether they are small, big, male or female. Don't go confusing them with turtles though, as I am sure a turtle wouldn't appreciate this! This product is great value for money, because it is easy to pour back the food into the container and re-use what your tortoise doesn't eat. It is brightly coloured and very attractive, with a somewhat pleasant smell, although I have now gone off of it and find it sickly.
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- Recon -
I've got two South African Leopard tortoises and they love these little 'rainbow drops'! .....HOWEVER.....
There is a lot of waste though with them and so do actually work out fairly expensive.
The manufacturer says to serve moistened - my tortoises both REFUSE to eat them moist (aka mushed!!)
I gave some to a friend to try with her tortoises and they refused to eat the mush also!
So because mine are large adults who drink a lot I tried them with a small sprinkling of dry pellets on their food.
They are tiny little pellets - only about 4mm and hard, so when they get knocked off the feeding platter and into the ground substrate that's it they're gone!
Tortoises are not the most careful eaters in the world, so inevitably such tiny little pellets as this get thrown all over the terrarium.
We call them 'rainbow drops' simply because they are brightly coloured (you can just about see it from the picture they provide here)
They smell fruity when you open the lid (a totally synthetic smell though not fresh fruity).
I didn't know anyone else who used them so it was a gamble the first time I bought them.
My tortoises have their usual fresh veg & dish of water everyday but they also have a small plate each with a few dried leaves/blossoms/herbs etc on and these get sprinkled on top as a treat.
I realised the tortoises seem to be attracted by the smell so although I still use these sometimes I actually now find it is far cheaper (due to less wastage) to give my tortoises a plentiful supply everyweek of "Fruit Flavoured Cuttle Fish" - they are brightly coloured, smell the same synthetic fruity smell but there is NO waste at all due to the large size -easy to find!
Cuttle fish of course gives all the calcium they need.
As Leopard Tortoises do not hibernate ever, feeding them all year round is expensive, so these are given as a bit of a treat - I certainly couldn't use them every day of the year as I couldn't justify the high volume of waste.
Let's face it, if your tortoises are being given a balanced diet of fresh food, dried botanicals, water & cuttle fish they really don't need these other than as a treat!
Also the BIG danger is - if your tortoises DO like it - then eating mushy food daily will cause their 'beak' to overgrow & you'll end up with a sick tortoise or a vet's bill for trimming the beak.
It's a big jar, and if yours don't like it moistened (aka mushed!) as the manufacturer recommends & you don't wish to serve it dry-sprinkled then you're stuck with it.
(So find a friend who has it and try that first before you buy it!)
It costs - on internet pet sites an AVERAGEof -
170g - £4.50 +P&P
340g - £6.95 +P&P
680g - £9.75 +P&P
It costs in high street pet shops that I have seen -an average of
170g - £4.99
340g - £6.95
680g - £11.49