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.
Distribution: Savannas, grasslands and forests of South America, from Panama to Argentina. They can also be found on the islands of Trinidad and Barbados.
Diet in the Wild: Leaves, grasses, fruit, flowers, fungi
Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Varied fruits and vegetables
IUCN Red List Status: Not evaluated
This tortoise is named for the bright red, orange or yellow coloration found on its legs. This coloration is also present on the tortoise’s tail, and sometimes on its head.
Red-footed tortoises will create nests in the leaf litter of forest floors. The female will then lay and bury between 5 and 15 eggs in this nest. These eggs will incubate for about 150 days before hatching.