Animal of the week



08 February 2018

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Animal Studies


This week's animal of the week is the Red-footed Tortoise. They are medium sized with large shells, long limbs and a long neck. The shell is dark brown with a white/yellow patch at the centre of each scute. The name 'Red-footed' comes from their feet which are speckled with red with black/brown skin.

Unlike most tortoises red foots are omnivorous, meaning they eat both plant and animal matter. Despite this, vegetation should still make up the bulk of their diet, with meat as a supplement. Their diet should consist of leafy greens, weeds such as dandelions and plantain, grass and hay, and a small amount of vegetables and fruit. On occasion they can be offered live food such as morio worms or locusts, or fresh meat.

Red-footed tortoise are native to the rainforests of South America. They need a lot of space as they like to roam around and spend most of their time either eating or walking.

They aren't particularly social but tolerate each other well. They are diurnal therefore active during the day, and are usually quite friendly.

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