Species: Red Footed Tortoise Resource Guide

The Red Footed Tortoise, scientific name Geochelone Carbonaria or also called as the Savanna tortoise locally, is a native of Southern America. Its name came from the red and sometimes orange scales that are visible on its limbs, head, and tail. It is also called as Jabuti in Brazil and as Morrocoy inVenezuela, and by far has been a popular pet.

Size: This specie of tortoises is likely smaller compared to other species of its kind and has often reached a length of only 10 to 14 inches, though they can be at a maximum of 16 inches or more.  There is also a smaller version of this specie which only grows an adult size of 10 to 12 inches, 30 pounds in weight, and thus is commonly called the cherry-head tortoise.

Life Span: Red-footed tortoises can live up to 50 years or more.

Feeding: Unlike the Sulcata Tortoise and Leopard Tortoise, the Red Footed Tortoises are omnivores and thus are able to eat a wider range of foods than other tortoises of its kind. Though it is still highly recommended to avoid feeding foods which are high in protein and oxalates.

Supplement: Calcium and Vitamin D3 are suggested to be used as a supplement.

Housing (Outdoors): Red Footed Tortoises are species from tropical weathers and thus prefer humid climates. Just like most of its kind, it requires a durable and escape-free enclosure with a temperature of about 90-95°F (32-35°C) during daytime. Using a Sprinkler or mister is also recommended in order to increase the humidity of the enclosure. You can also provide a massively planted area that will be able to provide the tortoise with cold retreat.

Housing (Indoors): The suggested size of the enclosure inside is about 4 to 6 feet. Having a UVA/UVB is a necessity when keeping them indoors and thus the enclosure should be heated at 95°F (35°C) on its basking area, and about 80-90°F (27-32°C) of the rest. You should also provide the tortoise with a pan of water and as well as set a shelter located at the cooler part of the enclosure.

Source: pettortoise.org (404 Link Error)

Comments & Personal Thoughts to Share?

Posted by Nathan R.
I am having troubles finding a red footed in my area. I live in Minnesota here in the united states but no pet stores can seem to special order one for me… does anyone have a wholesaler that can possibly ship this or let me drive thousands of miles to their shop for me to pick up? Really interested!

Posted by Megan V.
Check out a pet store that is found in Minneapolis Minnesota. I use to live there and there is an amazing pet store called “Terrequatics” I believe is how it is spelt. I believe this is where you can find the info on their facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Terre-Quatics/
There is going to be a lot more places that can get you these turtles than you think. Just keep askign around.

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