Red-footed Tortoise

Zoo Location: Reptile Tropics
 Red-footed Tortoise
Habitat

The habitat of the red-footed tortoise is forest edges and savannah of Central and South America.

Wild Diet

They eat a mixture of fallen leaves and fruit, plants, flowers, fungi, carrion, worms, snails and slugs.

Behaviour

This tortoise has a tall and narrow shell to help squeeze between trees when in the forests. They are also particularly attracted to yellow or red flowers!

Breeding

The breeding season starts in April to May, along with the start of the rainy season. The males have no territory to defend, but will battle over females. During courtship the males cluck, sounding very much like a chicken. Between July and September, the female may lay several clutches of up to 15 eggs.

Conservation

They are a Vulnerable species and can survive long periods of time with food or water. This means they can be transported long distances easily, making them good for the pet trade.

 Red-footed Tortoise

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Chelonoidis carbonarius
  • Class: Reptiles
  • Conservation status: Vulnerable
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