Red Foot Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria)
Experience Level: Intermediate
Nutrition and Maintenance
• 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.
Dark, leafy greens
(kale, collard, mustard,
dandelion, escarole) and
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,
Once to twice weekly; should
constitute 20% of the fresh food.
Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours.
|Offer daily in addition to fresh vegetables and fruit.|
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.
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.