This land tortoise with red legs is also known as the Morrocoy Tortoise is a reptile species native to South America. It can be found in Panama, Columbia, Venezuela, Guiana, Trinidad, Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina.
Diurnal and reaching an average length of 40 to 50 cm.
It has a carapace (black shell) and the centre of the scales range from an orangey-yellow to a reddish-orange. Its head and limbs are dark with coloured scales ranging from red to orange. The male is slightly bigger than the female and its tail is wider and longer. The plastron (bottom shell) is a deeper yellow colour and is deeply indented to facilitate reproduction.
Living in dry, tropical forest, moderate forests, and savannah areas.
Omnivore by nature with a diet consisting of berries, flowers, leaves, fungi, and sometimes carrion. During the mating season, the male makes a characteristic sound, a "clucking" sound similar to chickens. These sounds attract the female and persuade other males. The latter compete for the female.
After mating, the female digs a whole in the ground to lay between 3 to 15 eggs and then covers them over. The hatching period takes place between 4-6 months when the off spring hatch by themselves.
They are a species in danger in some distribution areas due to being hunted.