Opuntia Cactus Pads



Cactus pads (Opuntia ficus indica) also known as the Prickly Pear Cactus, or simply Opuntia are a great natural source of fibre and calcium for tortoises; as well as herbivorous and omnivorous lizards such as Bearded Dragons, Iguanas, Uromastyx etc. It has a great Calcium:Phosphorous ratio.

Opuntia is eaten by many reptiles in nature, particularly Mediterranean and desert species; it has a naturally high level of water and so aids hydration. Be sure not to overfeed as in large quantities Opuntia can have a laxative effect, so don’t overfeed. The species sold here; Opuntia ficus indica is one of the most popular varieties due to it’s minimal amount of spines.

These pads can be offered whole, especially tortoises, or the pads can be cut into small slices or chunks! These should keep for a few weeks when stored in a cool room or fridge. Alternatively they can be cut up and frozen, or purchased frozen from us here.

Please note that although these pads are a ‘spineless’ variety they may have some residual small spines so should be handled carefully.

As this is a natural product the item received may differ from the image.

Additional information


500g, 1kg, 2kg, 5kg, 10kg