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

Red footed Tortoise

Red-footed Tortoise Description

  • The red footed tortoise is a medium sized tortoise with dark-colored domed carapace.
  • Males are slightly larger than females.
  • Red-footed tortoises often seek shelter in hollow logs and heavy vegetation cover.

Size & Weight

Adults:

  • TOTAL LENGTH: 30–35 cm (12–14 in)
  • WEIGHT:

Hatchlings

  • LENGTH: 6 by 6.3 cm (1.4 by 2.5 in)

Habitat

Savannah, forest clearings, waterways, wood edges

Range

Southeastern Panama, Guiana, northern Argentina, Suriname, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Andes, Peru, Guyana, Brazil, Paraguay, Trinidad, Tobago, Santa Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Guadalupe, the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Grenada, Barbados, St. Vincent, the Grenadines, Puerto Rico

Diet

Cacti, pehen, bromiliads, Annona, figs, Spondias, seed pods, fungi, invertebrates, snails, ants, termites, butterflies, worms, beetles, carrion

Reproduction

2 – 7 eggs

Incubation Period

105–202 days

Eggs Size

  • LENGTH: 5.0 by 4.2 cm (2.0 by 1.7 in)
  • WEIGHT: 50 g (1.8 oz)

Lifespan

30 years

Number of Teeth

15 – 20

Predators

Lizards, crocodiles, large turtles, snakes, opossums, falcons, guan, peccaries, cuckoos, ring-tailed coatis, curassow, foxes, feral dogs, jaguars, mongooses, rats

Behavior

Forage in a zigzag pattern

Conservation Status

Vulnerable

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