Red-footed Tortoise

Chelonoidis carbonariaRed footed tortoise

House Name: Tantor

Description: Red-footed tortoises have a highly domed, black carapace with the center of each scute being orange.  Adults have a carapace that may reach lengths of up to 20 inches.  The head scales are yellow, orange, or red with dark jaws. The front scales of the forelimbs have large red scales present.

Range: Panama, Columbia, Venezuela, the Guianas to Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and northern Argentina

Habitat: Red-footed tortoises are found in moist savannahs and humid forests.

Diet:
Wild: grasses, succulents, fallen fruits, and carrion
Zoo: chopped vegetable/fruit diet, and an occassional earthworm or rodent