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Red Foot Tortoise

Scientific Name:Chelonoidis carbonaria
Lifespan: Over 25 years
Size: Approximately football size
Handling Ease:Excellent


  • A redfoot tortoise’s diet should consist of
    • 80% fresh veggies (refer to 700-40), fed daily
    • 15% fresh fruit (refer to 700-40), fed daily
    • 5% protein (mealworms, superworms, cooked chicken, egg yolks) fed daily
  • Avoid these foods:
    • Chocolate & other candy
    • Onions
    • Iceberg lettuce
    • All food should be dusted with calcium powder/vitamin powder (alternating days)

Caging & Environment

  • A minimum of a 20" long tank with screen cover.
  • Reptile Bark substrate
  • 75w Basking Light with fixture (or a light that will provide a basking temperature of 83°-88°)
  • 5.0 Compact Fluorescent UVB light with fixture
  • Shallow Water Bowl
  • Food Bowl
  • Hide Cave
  • Calcium & Vitamin Powders (used alternately)


  • Originally from South America, this beautiful tortoise only gets about football size and is easy to care for.
  • Unlike the African Spur Thigh Tortoise, Red Foots are omnivores, so some protein is a must, but can be given in the form of egg yolks or insects.
  • Their name origin is quite obvious to see -- the bright red ‘spikes’ on their legs give it away.
  • There are some locales that feature a bright red head – they generally come from Brazil and are called Cherry Head Red Foot Tortoises.