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BettyHammond
Jan 11, 2018 2:34 PM CST
Is the alcalypha wilkesiana plant poision to a tortoise or dog. I am building an enclosure for my tortoise and there are several of these plants (I love them) in the bed. Do I need to remove them. I have read that they are used for medicinal purposes. I can relocate them if necessary.

Thanks

I just joined this group and have no idea how to respond to all the answers. So thank you all for the information. He is not going outside until it warms up and there are no leaves on the plants until it starts getting spring time. If I don't get a definitive answer by then, I will definitely be on the safe side, dig them up, and put them elsewhere - and plant hibiscus for him.
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porkpal
Jan 11, 2018 3:07 PM CST
It is said to be nontoxic to dogs, cats and horses. No word on tortoises.
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crawgarden
Jan 11, 2018 3:08 PM CST
I would call the Houston Zoo, pretty sure they have tortoises.

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DaisyI
Jan 11, 2018 3:59 PM CST
I wouldn't allow my tortoise to eat it. Because of the color, he would eat it until it was gone (not much brain in that tiny head). There are some studies that indicate Acalypha wilkesiana may be toxic in quanity and it is a member of the Euphorbia family.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jan 11, 2018 5:17 PM CST
Tortoises are fond of red?
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DaisyI
Jan 11, 2018 5:29 PM CST
My tortoise thinks red is the tastiest color ever. It doesn't matter what it is either - my niece almost lost her little red shoes to him a couple years ago. Smiling Here's a photo - we bribed him with rose petals.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jan 11, 2018 5:31 PM CST
What a handsome fellow - the niece is even cuter!
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plantladylin
Jan 11, 2018 6:13 PM CST
Wow, great tortoise Daisy, what kind? Your niece is beautiful!
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Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Jan 11, 2018 6:25 PM CST
Copper Leaf (Acalypha wilkesiana) is listed by the ASPCA as non toxic to dogs, cats and horses as porkpal stated. ASPCA: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care...

I don't know anything about this group but I don't see the plant listed on their toxic list either: https://tortoisegroup.org/plan...

To be on the safe side, I think as crawgarden suggested, maybe call a local zoo or a few local veterinary offices to see what they advise.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 11, 2018 6:40 PM CST
Thanks Lyn. He is a 14 year old Sulcata. I've had him since he was about 2 months old as his parents belong to some friends.
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Jan 11, 2018 6:42 PM CST
Your niece is a cutie!
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