Red Foot Tortoise Care Sheet

Description: The Red Foot Tortoise has a shell that is solid black in color white yellow spots on the top of each scute.
Scientific Name: Geochelone carbonaria
Lifespan: 40 to 50 years
Average Size: 12 inches
Origin: South America


Red Foot Tortoises should be fed a variety of leafy vegetables and insects. The insects will provide a good protein source for your tortoise and can include crickets and worms.

These tortoises will need a shallow dish of fresh drinking water.



Humidity: The Red Foot Tortoise requires a very high level of humidity because it lives in a tropical area in the wild.
Lighting: A full-spectrum UV light source is recommended for all turtles and tortoises.
Size: An enclosure that is at least 8 feet long and 4 feet wide should suffice for a single Red Foot Tortoise.
Substrate: Cedar and pine chips have a tendency to cause irritation to Red Foot Tortoises so avoid these materials.
Temperature: The warm part of the heat gradient should be at about 85 degrees F while the cool side should remain at 75 degrees F.
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