Tortoise, South American Red-Footed

Tortoise, South American Red-Footed

Chelonoidis carbonaria

Vital Statistics


11.25 - 13.5 inches long


30 lbs


Herp salad, strawberries, beets, peppers, and earthworms


Status: Vulnerable

Geographic Region

Drier forests, grasslands, savannas, and rainforest belts of South America, from Panama to northern Argentina, and on several Caribbean islands

At The Zoo

Faces of the Rainforest

Did You Know?

The thick, heavy shell is part of the skeleton and is made up of about 60 bones covered by plates called scutes.