Red Foot Tortoise

Red Foot Tortoise

Red Foot Tortoise

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Red Foot Tortoise - Beautiful Captive Hatchlings. Keep Slightly Humid. 'Nuff Said Sometimes also called red footed, redleg, or Savanna tortoise.

Size: 10-16 inches in length and about 30-40 pounds.

Feeding: Red Foot Tortoises are omnivores and eat a variety of foods. Do not overfeed animal protein, though, one serving of low fat cat or dog food a week is plenty. Lean meat can also be fed. They also seem to do well on dry tortoise food, such as Flukers. A variety of fresh leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits should also be fed (they also tolerate fruit better than many other species). A calcium and vitamin D3 supplement should be used.

Housing - Outdoors: The Red Foot Tortoise lives in a tropical enviroment as such, prefers a humid climate. An escape-proof enclosure must be provided, and humidty can be highten by the use of a mister. You must use a shallow water bowl for the red foot, as you must with many tortoise species. An area densely planted with vegetation provides a cool retreat. A doghouse type shelter will also be used, and should be heated if nightime temperatures drop below 65-70 F (18-21 C). Daytime temperatures can be up to 90-95 F (32-35 C).

Housing - Indoors: A large enclosure is needed for the red foot - 4 feet by 6 feet or larger. Cypress bark as a substrate helps retain humidity, although paper will work and is easy to clean. A UVA/UVB is necessary indoors, and the enclosure should be heated, with a basking spot of 95 F (35 C) and a gradient from about 80-90 F (27-32 C). Nightime temperatures can drop to about 75 F (24 C). A pan of water should be provided and the enclosure should be kept humid. A hide should be placeed at the cool end of the enclosure.

Notes: The Red Foot tortoise does not hibernate.

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