• Red Footed Tortoise

    Geochelone carbonaria

     

    • South America and several Caribbean Islands

    • Length: Males-13.5 inches, Females-11.25 inches
    • Weight: up to 25 lbs

    • Forest areas, grasslands, savannas, and rainforests.

    • Breeding occurs during the rainy season
    • Females lay a clutch of 5 to 15 eggs from July to September in excavations or deposited in leaf litter. She might lay several clutches during the nesting season.
    • The eggs have brittle shells and incubation is generally from 105 to 202 days (mean 150), depending on the temperature.

    • Fruits, vines, grasses, wild mushrooms, leaves, flowers, and carrion

    • Hatchlings are round, flat, 1.5 inches in diameter. Unlike the yellow-footed tortoises, they do not have tooth like projections on their shells.
    • They are attracted to yellow and red flowers

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