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Red Foot Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria)

Experience Level: Intermediate

Red Foot in terrarium

Nutrition and Maintenance

Dietary Requirements
• Red Foot Tortoises are omnivores, meaning their diet consists of vegetables and insects.

• Tortoises benefit from different items in their diet.

• Insects should be a very small component of their diet and fed sparingly.

• Prepared pelleted diets are also available.

• They require calcium supplementation as part of their diet.

• Fruits and vegetables should be fed from a bowl to avoid accidental ingestion of the substrate.


Dietary Options
  Examples Feeding Frequency

Dark, leafy greens

(kale, collard, mustard,

dandelion, escarole) and

vegetables (zucchini,

cauliflower, broccoli,

squash and shredded carrots)

Every day; should constitute

80% of the fresh food.


Offer only enough to be

consumed in four hours.


Apples, bananas, melons,

red berries

Once to twice weekly; should

constitute 20% of the fresh food.


Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours.

Prepared Diets



Offer daily in addition to fresh vegetables and fruit.


mealworms, crickets

Once every two weeks

*Vegetables should be dusted with a calcium supplement twice weekly


• Tortoises may drink from a shallow dish often while enjoying a full-body soaking. They also absorb moisture from their vegetables.

• Water bowls should be emptied and refilled daily, as well as shallow and large enough for soaking.

Other Reminders
Use caution when handling pets and remember that all pets may bite or scratch especially when stressed. To handle your tortoise, gently grasp the middle section of the shell; not the extremities. Supervise children around pets.

Pets may transmit disease to humans; be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning the habitat.