Red-footed Tortoise
Geochelone carbonaria


CLASS: Reptilia
ORDER: Chelonia
FAMILY: Testudinidae

SIZE:
Wp to 17.3 inches in length

RANGE:
Tropical South America

HABITAT:
Forest

DIET:
Wild - Plant and animal matter; preference for fruit
Zoo - Fruits, vegetables, lots of leafy greens

DESCRIPTION:
Coloration varies. Lower surface or plastron tends to be unpigmented. Red spots on legs -- yellow slotches on carapace and head; yellowish edge on carapace.

FACTS:
Dislike bright light; do not hibernate; males have concave plastrons

YOUNG:
Up to 15 eggs deposited in 9 inch deep nesting chamber

STATUS:
CITES App. II; captive-bred