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Species page for: Redfoot Tortoise (Geochelone carbonaria)


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A brief snippet about Redfoot Tortoises

A brief introduction to the species will be inserted here ..... coming soon! In the interim we have a number of links on the species, listed on this page.


Natural Habitat
The Red-Footed Tortoise (Geochelone carbonaria)

The Red-Footed Tortoise (Geochelone carbonaria), a South American Treasure. The red-footed tortoise (Geochelone carbonaria) has been an enduring favorite in the herpetocultural trade for years. This medium-sized South American tortoise is hardy, beautiful, and displays a variety of interesting behaviors. Although there are quite a number of red-foot breeders in the United States (most notably in Florida), red-foots are still imported for the pet trade.

Captive Care

We are going to get right into this by saying up-front that the purpose of this site is to help all that have ever been confused, deceived, distressed or felt taken advantage of.. by: breeders, dealers or brokers of Redfoot tortoises! Especially "Caresheets" based on hearsay, not experience! We all have experienced the above.. including us!!!

The Redfoot Tortoise

General care, Diet, Pyramiding, Edible Landscaping, Hatchling and Juvenile Care, Redfoot Tortoise Gallery

Breeders & Retailers
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Empire of the Turtle -FL

Over 40 species of captive bred turtles and tortoises. All produced by the Empire of the Turtle. - OH, USA

Our Redfoots became "breeders" in May of 2004.. with the first eggs on July 30th. The female above is a beauty from Colombia, South America lineage. Few "Colombia" blood-line Redfoot breeders exist.. these days. She and 2 siblings.. along with the other breeders..

Basil the Red Foot tortoise

More Info.
Incubating Redfoot Tortoise Eggs - Tortoise

Compared to the eggs of Mediterranean Testudo species, the eggs of the Redfoot tortoise Geochelone carbonaria are enormous. On average, they measure approximately 43 X 48 mm and weigh between 40 to 50 grams.

Mike's Redfoot Tortoise Pages

Natural History Notes Egg Laying Observations Indoor Pens Get The Book! Like Turtles? Join the World Chelonian Trust! Other Resources back to Mike's main page

The Red Foot Tortoise

The Redfoot Tortoise (Geochelone carbonaria) originates from central and northern South America. and Central America. It has also been introduced to several Caribbean islands. They are a medium sized tortoise. The males are larger with a very concave plastron. The males also narrow mid section giving them the appearance of a waist. Color is variable. Some have intense red scales on the legs (hence the name) and head. While others are more yellow. In adults the carapace scutes are very dark brown to black with a yellow center. Hatchlings shells are more yellowish brown.


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