Range-South America. These species of tortoise is very similar to the red-footed tortoise(Chelonoidis Carbonaria). Yellow-Foot tortoises are found in deeper forest regions. Whereas the red-foots are found in more outlined forest savannas, than in the actual forest. The yellow-foot is the 3rd largest mainland tortoise. The largest recorded specimen was 37” in length and almost a couple hundred pounds. Primarily these specimens take to the forest floor in the Amazon Basin, of Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Northern Bolivia. They are also found in Guyana, Suriname, and Columbia.
Habitat– Primarily these specimens take to the forest floor in the Amazon Basin, and are very good climbers, and hiders. The yellow-foot tortoise is known to like less light in captivity as it is used to having the sunlight filter through the various canopies of the Amazon Rain Forest in South America. Yellow-foots are very good swimmers. When the rainy season is in full swing these tortoises will take no obstacle in swimming through basin deltas, and rivers to breed, or even forage for food.
Diet– Moss, broad leaf plants, carrion, mushrooms, some grasses but mainly large leafed plants and carrion.
Size-16”-37” 20-200 pounds
Conservation– (CITES), Appendix II. These are endangered and controlled by CITES of any international trade. Habitat destruction, consumption, and over exportation is the main threats to this species.