House Names: Dora and Diego
Description: The largest tortoise on the mainland of South America with a carapace (upper shell) up to 32 inches. The head scales are are yellow or orange with dark jaws. The limbs have large yellow scales present.
Range: Venezuela, Guiana to Brazil and throughout the Amazon Basin
Habitat: Found in the tropical rainforest
Wild: grasses, succulents, fallen fruits, and carrion
Zoo: chopped vegetable/fruit diet, and an occassional earthworm or rodent
Reference: Ernst, Carl H. and Roger W. Barbour. 1989. Turtles of the World.Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C.