Scientific name: Chelonoidis carbonaria
The red-footed tortoise is a species of tortoise from northern South America. These medium-sized tortoises generally average 30 cm as adults, but can reach over 40 cm. hey have dark-colored, loaf-shaped carapacesces (back shell) with a lighter patch in the middle of each scute (scales on the shell), and dark limbs with brightly colored scales that range from pale yellow to dark red. Recognized differences are seen between red-footed tortoises from different regions. They are closely related to the yellow Footed tortoise. hey are popularly kept as pets, and over-collection has caused them to be vulnerable to extinction. The species name has often been misspelled as carbonaria, an error introduced in the 1980s when Chelonoidis was elevated to genus and mistakenly treated as feminine, an error recognized and fixed in 2017.
Red-footed tortoises live throughout South America from Panama to Argentina. They are also found on the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Barbados. They live in dry and wet forests areas, grasslands and the savanna.
These animals are not high-maintenance, as long as you set up their enclosure correctly the first time with proper lights, heat source, humidity, and put everything on timers. The main daily chores involve feeding, water bowl changes, and cleaning up pet wastes.
Heating: During the daytime, red-footed tortoises should have a basking spot of around 90-95F and an ambient temperature range of 75-80F. At night, the lights should be turned off, and temperatures can safely drop to 70F.
Hatchlings measure under two inches long, and adults grow to between 11 and 14 inches. The growth rate is affected by the quality and amount of food and what temperature the red-footed tortoise is kept. The tortoises grow most rapidly during the first five to 10 years of their life.
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