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Yellow Foot Tortoise

Yellow foot tortoise is a species of tortoise occurring in the Amazon Basin of South America. The tortoise is the sixth largest among other tortoise species on earth.



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


    Other Names Yellow-foot, yellow-legged tortoise, South American forest tortoise, Brazilian giant tortoise
    Size Generally about 40 cm (15.75 in); largest recorded specimen measures  94 cm (37 in)
    Weight 11.25-15.75 kg (25-35 lb)
    Color Dark carapace with pale yellow, orange or light brown patches in the middle of each scales; yellow-brown underside turning almost black near the seams
    Distribution South America
    Habitat Drier forest areas, grasslands, savanna, or rainforest belts next to more open habitats
    Diet Grasses, fallen fruit,  plants, bones, carrion, mushrooms, excrement, slow-moving invertebrates like snails, worms
    Hibernation Fact Does not hibernate
    Breeding Season Year-round
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 6 to 16 eggs
    Incubation Period 3 to 4 months
    Reproductive Age 8 to10 years of age
    Average Lifespan 50–60 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on April 22nd 2017 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 27th August 2018.

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