Red-footed tortoise

Red-footed tortoise Testudo carbonaria

ClassReptilia
OrderTestudinae
FamilyTestudinidae
Size30cm
Weight3–4kg
Incubation3–6 months
Eggs5–15
Life-span50 years
Diet
omnivorous (fruit, leaves, mushrooms, small vertebrates and invertebrates)

Habitat
tropical forest, savannah

Range
South America (Panama, eastern Colombia, Guyana, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, introduced to several Caribbean islands)


Quite dark in colour, red-footed tortoises have red markings on their front feet. They walk with long strides, raising their feet high, which enables them to move quickly and cross muddy areas with ease.
 
As with other tortoises, male red-footed tortoises have a concave plastron that facilitates mating. About 10 eggs are laid, each weighing 50g.
 
Very active and lively, red-footed tortoises are also good swimmers. When it gets very hot, they take shelter in vegetation.




In the zoo