Red foot tortoises have an average length of 12-14 in (30-35 cm); individuals measuring up to 18 in (45 cm) are commonly found while there have been occasional discoveries of 20 in (50 cm) specimens. Males are larger than females.
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Weight: Average weight of these reptiles is around 11 lbs (5 kg).
Color: They have a dark-brown to blackish-brown carapace with structures on them known as scutes. Each scute has a pale color near the center called areolae while the outer portions of the scutes are golden-brown with the edges being dark-brown. The plastron, which is the lower shell, tends to range from a pale to a dark-yellow. The scales on the tail and limbs range from yellow to a reddish-orange while those on the upper surface of the head are brightly colored with dark margins.
Geography: They live in the countries of Panama, Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, French Guyana, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, or Paraguay.
Red Foot tortoise Habitat
Red-footed tortoises inhabit temperate forests, rainforests, savannahs and dry forests.
Red footed tortoise Behavior
They are diurnal and stay active during the daytime.
They are mostly sedentary and do not move long distances.
They are usually not social but do tolerate the presence of other tortoises in their territory, feeding sites, and group feeding sessions.
Red-footed tortoises take shelters in burrows of armadillos, hollow logs, fallen trees and areas densely vegetated areas for thermoregulation.
Red foot tortoise Diet
They have an omnivorous feeding habit. It eats fruits during the wet season and shifts its diet to flowers during the dry season. They also consume fungi, soil, foliage, pebbles, sand, and carrion.
Red foot tortoise Mating & Reproduction
They mate around the wet season from the months of June to September. Males start making sounds to drive off competition and attract mates. The sounds made during this period resemble the sounds of chickens. Males engage in head-bobbing to intimidate their opponents before starting to wrestle to win over mates, and competitions are won when one individual flips the other onto their back. Females make several nesting sites and lays between 2 and 15 eggs in each location. These eggs are incubated for 117-158 days.
Red Foot Tortoise
The offspring are born with a weight of 0.78-1.06 oz (22-30 g) and a carapace length of 39-45 cm (1.5-1.8 in). They eventually become sexually mature by the time reach a carapace length of 20-25 cm (7.9-9.8 in), which they attain when they are around 5 years old.
Red Footed tortoise Lifespan
They live for around 60-80 years in the wild and can live even longer in captivity.
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