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Red-Footed Tortoise

Scientific name: Chelonoidis Carbonaria

 

Red-footed tortoises can be recognised by their dark shell, with yellow markings. They are medium sized tortoises that get their name from the red, orange or yellow scales which are visible on their legs, as well as their heads and tails. The red-footed tortoise is polygynous (having more than one mate). Males produce sounds and calls to attract potential mates and ward off competitors. Males often move their heads in a bobbing motion prior to fighting. If a male flips his competitor on to his back he wins the fight and gains access to the female.

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  1. We live...

    In the Reptile House, next to the meerkat enclosure.

  1. Size Fact

    Males are larger than females, easily reaching 9kg!

  2. Food Fact

    The meat from the red-footed tortoise is considered a delicacy by many.

  3. Fun Fact

    Calls consist of "clucks" similar to those produced by chickens!

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