Red Footed Tortoise
Red-footed tortoises are easy to acquire, are simple to take care of, remain a size that most can easily handle, and they show amazing colorations on their head, legs and shells.
Other Animal Facts
Red-footed tortoises live throughout South America from Panama to Argentina.
Mostly brown and yellow as hatchlings with orange to red colored heads and legs. As they mature their shell turns an almost charcoal black with highlights ranging from tan to bright yellow.
Needs an ambient temperature of 75-85°F, and a basking spot of 95-100°F
They are curious, outgoing, and courageous! This tortoise makes an excellent pet because of their unique personalities and ease of care.
Eats mainly dark, leafy greens, veggies, and commercial pellets; enjoys fruits as a treat.
The walls of the enclosure should be about 16 inches high and even go a few inches below the ground to prevent your red-footed tortoise from digging and escaping. You can house this tortoise indoors, but you will need a large enclosure (roughly 4 feet by 8 feet though larger is even better).
Size & Lifespan
Male red-footed tortoises are larger than females and grow up to 13.5 inches (34 centimeters) long. Females average 11.25 inches (28.5 centimeters) long. Adult male tortoises can weigh up to 20 pounds (9 kilograms). Can live between 50-90 years.