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Red-Footed Tortoise Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Geochelone carbonaria
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    South America, from Panama to Argentina. The species is also found on the islands of Trinidad and Barbados.

  • Status

    While the species is impacted by habitat loss and the illegal pet trade, the International Union for Conservation of Nature considers it a species of least concern.

  • Habitat

    The red-footed tortoise occupies a variety of habitats over its range, including forests, grasslands and agricultural areas.

  • Niche

    Red-footed tortoises are omnivores, feeding on fruits, greens, plants, vegetables and dead animals it encounters.

  • Life History

    After breeding, females bury 5-15 eggs in nests excavated in the forest floor.


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