Yellow-footed Tortoise

Chelonoidis denticulata

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.