Tortuga de patas rojas

Theme area:  Amazonía
Scientific name:  Chelonoidis carbonaria
Class:  Reptiles
Continent:  South America
Habitat:  Tropical forest
Diet:  Herbivorous
Weight:  15 - 20 kg
Size:  40 - 50 cm
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The Red-footed Tortoise, also known as the Morrocoy Tortoise, is a reptile that is native to South America, found in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Trinidad, Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina. They are diurnal and live in tropical dry forests, temperate forests and savannah areas.

There is sexual dimorphism, with males being larger than females and having a more pronounced posterior anal notch. Their tails are also longer than those of females.

Males produce sounds and calls to attract potential mates and ward off competitors. After mating, the female deposits 2 to 15 eggs per clutch at a depth of about 20 cm and covers them. The incubation period ranges from 117 to 158 days.

Habitat loss and overhunting pose a serious threat to this tortoise.

Conservation Status
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


The sex of the offspring is determined by the ambient temperature during development.
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