Red Foot Tortoise
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A popular pet with striking shell colorings, red-footed turtles are long-lived and relatively easy to care for. They're sort of the stereotypical-looking tortoise, with a large shell that has markings on its top portions
- Latin Name: Chelonoidis carbonaria
- Ease of Care: Beginner/Intermediate
- Behaviour: Diurnal
- Breeding: Captive Bred
- Diet: Omnivore
- Environment: Tropical
- Country of Origin: South America
In the wild, red-footed tortoises are omnivores and eat a wider range of foods than many other tortoises do. It is very important to not overfeed these tortoises with animal protein though. One very small serving of moistened low-fat cat food or lean meat (roughly one ounce for a full grown red-footed tortoise) every other week is plenty of animal protein if you feel the need to offer it to your tortoise.
A variety of fresh, dark, leafy greens such as dandelion greens, endive, mustard greens, and escarole (but be sure to monitor the calcium to phosphorous ratios of these greens). Other vegetables and fruits should also be part of this tortoise's diet; red-footed tortoises tolerate fruit better than many other species. A calcium and vitamin D3 supplement should be used a few times a week.
This species is native to tropical areas and prefers a humid climate. A sturdy, escape-proof enclosure can be provided outdoors and a sprinkler or mister can be used to increase the humidity if needed. A muddy wallow will be used by the tortoise as will a pan of clean water.
Ideally, a red-footed tortoise will have an area densely planted with vegetation for a cool retreat. A doghouse-type shelter can be used for adult red-footed tortoises; it should be heated if nighttime temperatures drop below 65 or 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Daytime temperatures can safely reach up to 95 degrees.
The walls of the enclosure should be about 16 inches high and also go a few inches below the ground to prevent your red-footed tortoise from digging and escaping.
A pan of water should be provided at all times for your red-footed tortoise to walk into and the enclosure should be kept humid. A hide should be placed at the cool end of the enclosure to allow your tortoise a place to retreat.
Light and Temperature
A UVA/UVB light is necessary for an indoor enclosure since your tortoise won't be exposed to unfiltered sunlight inside. The enclosure should also be heated using special heat bulbs. A basking spot of 95 degrees should be provided with the daytime thermal gradient getting no lower than 80 degrees.
If the tortoises enclosure drops below 70 degrees at night, it could put the animal at risk for developing a respiratory infection or hypothermia
Cypress bark as a substrate helps retain humidity although paper will also work and is easy to clean.
Please note: We don't ship live animals. They are click and collect only!