Yellow-footed Tortoise

Yellow-footed Tortoise

Yellow-footed Tortoise
Chelonoidis denticulata


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Testudines
FAMILY
Testudinidae

Range

South America, from Venezuela to Bolivia


Habitat

Tropical and subtropical wet forests


Diet

Vegetation, fungi, leaves, flowers, fruit. Although mainly herbivorous, it will take carrion when available.

Weight

25 - 35 lbs.

Carapace

MALE 15 - 16 in.
FEMALE 24 - 30 in.

Incubation

125 - 150 days

Clutch

Avg. 1 - 8 eggs

IUCN Status

Not Listed

CITES

Appendix II

Facts

  • Named for the yellow-orange scales on their front legs.
  • Largest of three species of mainland tortoises found in South America.
  • A tortoise shell is made of 60 different bones and all are connected to each other.
  • Reaches the age of maturity at about 8-10 years.

 

Conservation

  • The biggest threat to this species is over-hunting by man for food. They are considered a delicacy by some cultures.
  • They are kept as pets throughout much of their range, primarily in rural areas.
  • The carapace is also used for making musical instruments.
  • One of the greatest threats to this species is human encroachment into its habitat through logging, agriculture, and oil exploration.

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