This tortoise does like to hide in a burrow (it will even use burrows of other animals, i.e. the armadillo) since burrowing underground may help with thermoregulation. The red-footed tortoise does need water nearby to drink and for soaking to prevent dehydration. In case you hadn’t already guessed, this tortoise is named for the yellow-red markings on its legs.
Habitat: Northern South America and several Caribbean islands
Diet in the wild: Omnivore; plants, fruits, insects, worms, even some carrion
Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Salad mix, apple, papaya, grape, tomato, yam
Size: About 12 inches as adult, but sometimes up to 16 inches
Family: Hatchlings precocial (able to take care of themselves) with no parental care
Status: Not assessed
Did you know? Populations difficult to assess. Counting tortoises is difficult since tortoises can be hidden or even dug into burrows.