Red Footed Tortoise | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Red Footed Tortoise

Chelonoidis carbonarius


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Red-Footed Tortoises are named after the red coloured scales across their legs. Dexterous and nimble creatures, the Red Footed Tortoise has a relatively thin and smooth shell which helps it fit and squeeze into narrow and tricky openings. Meat from the tortoise is considered a delicacy across South America and sadly huge numbers of the species are shipped across the continent to meet this demand.

Native Range →

South America

Natural Habitat  →

Savanna, forests and grassland

Diet  →

Omnivorous: leaves, plants, fruit, fungi, invertebrates, and carrion

Life Expectancy  →

20-40 years in the wild Up to 50 years in zoos

Breeding  →

2-15 eggs & an incubation period of 4-6 months

Group Name  →

Creep

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Illegal pet trade, hunting

Fun fact

Males and females use head movements as signals to identify each other.

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