General Information

The Redfoot tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria)

Native to South America, Redfoots have become very popular. The Redfoot lives in tropical and sub-tropical areas with hot, humid conditions in the forest and edges of forest. Redfoots are so nicknamed because of their bright red coloring on their face, legs and carapace.  Redfoots are a fun although challenging tortoise to keep. Providing adequate humidity is one of the most challenging aspects of keeping this species.

Size and coloring depend on where in South America they come from.  An average size adult is 8 to 12 pounds. However 15 pounds is not unheard of.

Examples of Redfoots