Red Footed Tortoise

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RED FOOTED TORTOISE

SPECIES: Chelonoidis carbonaria

STATUS: Least Concern

HABITAT: Open grasslands and along forest edges.

DIET: Grasses, broad leaf plants and the occasional fallen fruit.

GENERAL: Red Footed Tortoises range from Panama through Venezuela, to western Peru down through Bolivia to northern Argentina.  

During the day the Red Footed Tortoise, also known as the Red Legged Tortoise, cruises along the forest edges and open grasslands looking for grasses, occasional fallen fruit, and other plants to eat. At night they will crawl under a bush or an available hole and go to sleep.  

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These tortoises get about a foot long and get their name from the red markings on there legs.

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