Animal Stories - Red-footed Tortoise


Animal-World Information about: Red-footed Tortoise

   A medium-sized tortoise, the popular Red-footed Tortoise is considered to be one of the most responsive and personable of the tortoises!
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Benoit - 2012-08-16
Hi! I live in Brazil and I just got a young Red Footed tortoise who 'invaded' my yard. It's about 3' long. My daughter loved it and we decided to keep it. I'd like to know if we can wash its shell (it is sooooo dirty) and if exist some oil (with vitamin) we could use to let her shiny! I took care of Lizards (Physignatus) Snakes (Boas - constrictor and a couple of Python - Regius) in the past, but I never had to deal with tortoise like this Carbonaria :) I remember that I used to give some D3 vitamin complement to my lizards, it was a kind of oil....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-16
    You can wash your litle guy very gently with a soft toothbrush and luke warm water.  Wash him in a container (just for him) that is cleaned out using only water.   Do not bathe him in the tub or the kitchen sink but a container used just for him and cleaned throughly with just water.  I could find nothing regarding a recommendation to put anything on his shell.  He might be molting or just cleaning a few times might restore appearance but these guys are shiny.  So just soft toothbrush in clean container and luke warm water filled about 1 - 2 inches in container.
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Isabel Cerni - 2011-12-07
I have a baby Red-Footed turtle which is about 2 wks old. It is having a problem at the moment. When I checked on it two hours ago it was in some distress. It would raise its head high and then lower it all the way down as if it's going to die. It is not moving otherwise. Normally it would have been walking around. She had bananas this morning and it's possible she is constipated as someone else suggested on this site. What can I do to help her?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-07
    I don't know what could be the problem but if you think it is constipation give him some baby fruit or just fruit.
  • pete winders - 2012-01-13
    In the wild, the tortoise will eat a variety of food, and will grow to be the weight of a small dog. They can eat a lot. But I think variety is the key. Our tortoises liked dry dog food (soaked so it is soft) for protein and minerals, all sorts of fruit and vegetables. Lettuce does not have much nutrition but has fiber. Some large tortoises should get very little protein, and would do better with hay. find a reptile vet.
  • sheena - 2012-06-06
    Bananas should only be given once to twice a month that will cause them to not be able to go and when feeding them bananas keep the peel on! I would try the timothy hay or romaine lettuce. Iceberg isn't that great! Mine love the kale and cherry tomatoes!
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haileah - 2012-03-15
I just got a redfooted tortoise the other day and she's still just a baby. But I've noticed she sleeps a lot. Sometimes more than 12 hours. Why? Is it bad that she sleeps so much? Her tank isn't really big right now (I think it's a 20 gallon) but I do plan on getting her a bigger one soon. What all should I have in it? And whats the best kind of flooring she should have?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-16
    Cypress bark is a great substrate. Do you have the heat and humidity high enough. These are tropical tortoises. Some times a mister is needed to increase humidity. They really need 80-90 degrees with a basking area of around 95. If it is cooler it will slow them down.
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Heather - 2011-08-02
We just got our red footed tortoise aka Rocky, and I noticed everyone talks about feeding it fresh veggies, fruits and protein, but what about the tortoise food that comes in little pellets? Our tortoise seems to really like to eat them and now he is going the bathroom regularly and seems more active. Before I started the pellets he didn't eat much or go the bathroom much. So is it ok that he is eating tortoise food pellets everyday?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-02
    Pellets plus the fruits and vegetables and the protein you are doing works good. You are feeding as he would select from a menu. Good for you.
  • villy - 2011-08-25
    Pellets can not be 100% of the tortoises diet. Anything I've ever heard specifically state that it shouldn't be more than 50%. They NEED their fruits and veggies (though mostly veggies). However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with pellets as part of a balanced, varied diet, and my little redfoot LOVES his pellets. He'll gobble up most of his fresh stuff as soon as it is given, then pick at his pellets the rest of the day.
  • Lance - 2011-10-15
    You would be surprised what these hearty eaters will take down if it's put in front of them, occasionally I'll put a new piece of coral or something like that to decorate the habitat and they will begin nibbling on the rocks. They taste first and decide whether or not they like it later on.

    I had the same problem where mine don't really like their greens too much so I actually supplement their diet with the pellets you speak of but more often I actually use crushed up freeze dried chicken mixed with some very high end dog food that's made of 75% veggies and 25% meats but I still try to feed them vegetable medleys whenever I can get them to eat it but they go absolutely nuts for the mixture I described above and it makes them grow like crazy too. Since I started them on this diet it's made my dog angry but they absolutely love it, both of them dive head first into the dish and don't leave until the whole thing is gone.

    This may not be considered good, I really don't know but mine are very happy and healthy so I'm sticking with it partly because it takes about a week for the food to go bad so I can leave it in there and not worry about them if I have to go anywhere for a few days.

    Good luck and have fun with your Redfoot, they are pretty darn cool. I even have several other toads, water frogs and reptiles in a very large enclosure with them and the tortoises actually let them all ride them around the tank and they never snap at anything living even when the dog harasses them. Great little pets and easy to care for.
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Animal lover - 2011-07-21
I am getting a red footed tortoise and by the way Everybody describes them I am glad I am getting one. She is sick so she has to stay at the vets for awhile. :(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-23
    Congratulations and let us know about her. I am sorry she is ill but glad you are getting her. Is it a her????
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Dawn Ballard - 2011-03-24
I am a new Kindergarten teacher. My husband bought our class a Red-footed Tortoise, I am going to let the children vote for a name but I hope they vote for Oogway. (that is the name of the tortoise master on "Kung Fu Panda") There are a few black spots and a few scratching spots on the bottom of his shell. Is this normal?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-03-25
    That's so cool that you got a Red-footed tortoise for you class, I bet they will have a great experience! I don't think the spots and scratches should be a problem, as long as it is eating and acting normally it's probably okay.
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Allie - 2010-10-15
We just got a baby red footed tortoise. She's approx. 6 months old. My son is thrilled and we look forward to having him as part of the family for years to come. My husband is a little freaked out. He wants to know if these pets carry any "diseases" we have to worry about, or if having the tank in my son's bedroom is unhealthy in any way. He's killing the fun! (but I want to make sure I haven't overlooked anything).....Any advice?

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  • John - 2011-03-17
    Just make sure that his area is cleaned once a week. If mine gets into stuff he shouldn't, I immediately bathe him. When I first got mine, I used gloves because of the possiblility of salmonella. I had no idea how it was being taken care of, but now that I know that he is clean and I keep his water fresh daily and that his area is cleaned weekly, I handle him more. I just make sure to wash my hands right afterwards. Salmonella is your only worry, so make sure that everyone washes their hands always after handling, you can never be too careful.
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Brian - 2010-10-16
Well hi I just got my red-footed tortoise yesterday from petsmart and today his a.k.a Little-Foot eye's are running not that much like a teardrop and he has diarrhea since when I got him.

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  • sp - 2010-11-14
    What petsmart did you get yourz from?
  • Oscar R. - 2011-01-20
    I have one and his eye is a little drippy too but not diarrhea just to be on the safe side you should get him checked out but drippy eyes I think is natural but awkward.
  • John - 2011-03-16
    Don't worry he should be ok after a couple of days, roughly 3 days. When I first got mine he did the same thing. I called the pet store and talked to the vet. I believe it's the diet that they have them on. I gave my red foot greens until well and then I gave him some fruits, and a little protein (boiled egg) not the whole egg. If he is not better after a couple of days call the pet store. I hope that helps.
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tracey - 2011-03-09
My tortoise's nails are bent the wrong way. I'm wondering if they're growing like that or he's doing something to make them bend. Is that normal?

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ALLiSON Kroll - 2011-02-21

I got a Red Footed Tortoise his name is shelldone. I love him so much. I taught him how to wave. I am 8 years old. I try to take him out of his cage to give him exercise and attention every day. Sometimes I get busy but I know he's always there.

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