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Red Footed Tortoise

Red Footed Tortoise

DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT

South America. Rainforests, dry forests and thorn thickets, grasslands, wooded wet habitats.

BEHAVIOUR

It leads a daytime lifestyle and spends the nights under bushes or in depressions of the ground. One of the behaviors in the fight for access to the female is turning your rival over onto his back.

DIET

Leaves, fungi, plant shoots, snails, sometimes carrion. During the dry season, fallen fruit, flowers in the rainy season.

REPRODUCTION

Females reach sexual maturity at the age of 5. Laying 2 to 15 eggs, incubation lasts 117 to 158 days.

GOOD TO KNOW

During the mating season, males make sounds that resemble the cackling of chickens.

  • Latin name: Chelonoidis carbonarius
  • IUCN Red List – LC – Least concern
  • CITES – Appendix II

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