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the red footed tortoise is a South American land dwelling turtle that has very prominent red-orange scales mainly on its leg, but are also visible on their tail and head. They usually have a max SCL of 10-14 inches but can sometimes reach 14″.

Cherryhead redfoots typically reach 10-12″ SCL.

The red foot tortoise does not hibernate. Males are larger than females and have indented plastrons.


Red Footed tortoises come from the humid, tropical areas of South America. Temperature varies from 90-95°F (32-35°C) at day and 65-70°F (18-21°C) at night. Red foots require about 80% humidity and a water dish.

They can be kept in a large indoor habitat, but an outdoor area about 4′ by 8′ is much better.


Omnivorous, they can eat plants and animals.

Redfoot and Yellowfoot tortoises from South America will eat a diet comprised mostly of leaves and flowers for part of the year, then change to a diet comprised mostly of fallen fruits later in the year.

Appropriate greens include dandelion greens, turnip greens, collard greens, grape leaves, and hibiscus leaves, clover, endive, mustard greens, watercress, romaine.

Flowers are also a common food of choice in the wild. Edible flowers include hibiscus, nasturtium, prickly-pear flowers, and dandelions. They show a preference for red and yellow flowers.

Good fruits to offer include strawberries, peaches, pineapples, plums, papayas, mangoes, kiwis, melons, and prickly pear fruits. Banana should be fed seldom, and with the peel. pumpkin, winter squash, grated carrots, crook-neck squash, zucchini, cantaloupe

NO spinach, carrots,hibiscus flowers


Red foot tortoises lay 5-15 eggs. Like other turtle/tortoise/reptile species, the temperature the eggs are incubated in determine the gender the hatchling will have.

Health Concerns

As with all pet turtles and tortoises, shell pyramiding and shell rot as health issues.

Most common ailments can be fixed by providing the proper environment, such as correct heat and humidity.


  1. i have a 2 year old red foot tortoise name tj. i wanted 2 know why does he sleeps so much and why he doesn’t like to drink water that much?

    1. different turtles have different and individual personalities and habits. Just make sure your red foot tortoise has all the necessities he needs and he’ll be fine.

  2. My tortoise moves her front legs up and down a lot, is that normal?
    It kind of looks like shrugging her shoulder actually…