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Red-Footed Tortoise

Red-footed tortoise is a medium-sized species of tortoise occurring in northern South America. The tortoise is diurnal. The species exhibit recognizable differences among individuals from different regions.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Chelonoidis
    Scientific Name Chelonoidis carbonaria


    Other Names Red-leg, red-legged, savanna tortoise
    Size Generally around 30 cm (12 in), but can reach more than 40 cm (16 in); largest recorded specimen measures 60 cm (24 in)
    Weight Largest specimen weighed more than 28 kg (62 lb)
    Color Dark outer shell with a lighter patch in the middle of each scales; dark limbs with pale yellow to dark red scales
    Distribution Southeastern Panama, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Guiana, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay; several Caribbean Islands
    Habitat Forest clearings, wood edges, along waterways
    Diet Fruit, seed pod, grasses, leaves, flowers, roots, shoots; invertebrates like ants, beetles, butterflies, termites, snails, worms
    Hibernation Fact Do not hibernate
    Predators Juveniles fall prey to mongooses, large lizards, opossums, predatory birds, ring-tailed coatis, foxes, peccaries, feral dogs, cats  while adults are preyed upon by jaguars
    Breeding Season April and May
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 7 eggs
    Incubation Period 3 to 7 months
    Reproductive Age 5 years of age
    Average Lifespan More than 50 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on April 21st 2017 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 1st June 2019.

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