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Scientific name: Geochelone carbonaria

Habitat: dry grasslands, humid forest

Diet: plants, leaves, fruits; also carrion

Life span: 15 years

Young: 5-8 eggs/clutch, 1-4 clutches/year

Size: 30 cm long (12 in)

These medium sized tortoises have a distinct shell shape. As the tortoise matures, its top shell develops inward curves, so it resembles an hourglass instead of an oval.

During the breeding season, male tortoises fight each other for females by flipping their opponents onto their backs.

They are captured for food and the pet trade.

Learn more about this species:

These are some other websites that we think have more great information about this species.

Red-footed tortoise on Wikipedia


Range: South America

Status in the Wild

Status: threatened

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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