Red-footed tortoise in exhibit

Red-footed Tortoise

Scientific Name
Chelonoidis carbonaria
South America, Trinidad, and Barbados
Forests, grasslands, and agricultural areas
Estimated Wild Population
Red-footed tortoise in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Not Listed Endangered Status Graph - Not Listed

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Red-footed tortoises were named for the red-and-orange markings scattered across their limbs and face. They have bumpy, concave, greenish-brown shells and display upraised points on their central plates. These tortoises can reach up to 14 inches in length. As omnivores, they feed primarily on fruit, greens, plants, vegetables, and dead animals. After breeding, females bury their eggs in nests along the forest floor.

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Red-footed tortoises communicate primarily through head movements.

To attract a mate, males fight for dominance, which can include mounting their opponents and flipping them onto their back.

Immediately upon hatching, newborns must dig their way out of their nest and fend for themselves. Few individuals survive per clutch, but adults can live up to 50 years.

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