The habitat of the red-footed tortoise varies by region, but it is typically temperate forest and savannah edges of Central and South American countries like Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador and Brazil.
They eat a mixture of fallen leaves and fruit, plants, flowers, fungi, carrion, worms, snails and slugs.
This tortoise is classified as a Vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List. It can survive long periods of time with food or water, meaning they can be transported long distances easily, making them desirable for the pet trade. Like so many other species in South America, habitat loss is also a severe pressure.