Outside Animals

Red-footed tortoise Geochelone carbonaria

Habitat

The Red-footed tortoise lives in drier forest areas, grasslands, savannahs and rainforest belts adjoining more open habitats.

Diet in the wild

Fallen fruit, vines, grasses, wild mushrooms, leaves and flowers

Diet at the Zoo

Greens, hay, fruit, vegetables and specially formulated tortoise chow

Fascinating Facts

  • Can live 40 to 50 years
  • Do not have teeth
  • Use sharp edges around mouth to bite and chew food
  • Have a hard protective shell that is part of the skeleton
    which contains 59 to 61 bones covered by plates