Red-Foot (Chelonoidis Carbonaria)


Red Foot (Chelonoidis Carbonaria)

Range – South America along the outskirts of the Amazon Basin. Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and regional Islands Trinidad/Tobago, Barbados, and Corn Island.

Habitat – The range of the Red-Foot tortoise is tropical savannas on the outskirts of the Amazon Basin where the Amazon rainforest starts to lose its thick, lush forest-like fauna

and cascades into more open meadows with flowing hills and broken horizons of tropical lush plants and drier conditions than that of the deep rainforests. These regions can be quite diversified where each classification of Red-Foot is found. To date, there have been conclusive studies on five genotypes of this species. Their habitats are key to their genotypes:

Northern – Ecuador, Peru, and Columbia.

Northeastern – Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and parts of Northern Brazil.

Northwestern – Panama, Costa Rica, and a small range of Columbia.

Eastern – Central and Eastern Brazil.

Southern – Southern Brazil, Paraguay, and Northern regions of Argentina, Bolivia, and some have been found in Northern regions of Uruguay.

Diet – Omnivorous. Diet mainly consists of a vast variety of fauna and some grasses in the South American grasslands. Fruits that have fallen from trees, insects, invertebrates, and carrion for protein intake.

Size – 16-20″ Depending on genotypes/location.

Conservation – Vulnerable IUCN 3.1

 Male Left, Female Right. Red Foot (Chelonoidis Carbonaria)

Male Left, Female Right. Red Foot (Chelonoidis Carbonaria)

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