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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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?

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.

Sofie - 2010-09-16
I have a red foot tortoise, his name is Franklin. I just brought him home. My dad helped me set up his tank. So far he is shy. We love him and I hope he loves us.

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  • lisa - 2011-02-12
    He just needs to adjust to the environment. Be sure to have the correct temp & humidity. Also, he may not eat right away till he is comfortable. Don't worry, be patient because he is full of
    love & totally worth the wait!
    I have a red foot named morton that I got at a reptile show 6yrs. ago & he is by far the best pet I have ever had! Red foots are the most intelligent of their species & can be trained. They are very curious & have amazing personalities! P.S..they love their heads rubbed hard & will push against you.
Shellyskaren - 2010-05-31
I have a redfoot named Shelly. She's smart and active; she has a good appetite, and I adore her. She's 2yrs old and getting large (she gets into the dogs food more than she should). The problem is, she has several white areas on her shell. It does not look like a fungus. It looks like she has no pigmentation-like vitiligo! What could this be? Has anyone else seen this?

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  • Stephanie, from CA - 2010-08-24
    Dog food is bad, bad, bad and cause pyramiding. IF you must give a dry protein source a HIGH QUALITY CAT FOOD THAT IS LOW FAT and has no or little corn is best. Boiled eggs, raw chicken, raw shrimp and many kinds of worms ( mill worms are easy and cheap to get) are more ideal. They are prone to so many metabolic diseases when they eat dog or cat food as it has grains that are not good for them and too much fat. But cat high quality low fat cat food is the lesser of two evils and even that should be limited to 1x a week. Hope that helps.
  • Oscar R. - 2011-01-20
    It might have a rotten shell which is bad you should get it checked out.
xxxx - 2010-09-21
I have a Red-Foot I let him run around the apartment & on the patio. My dog likes to follow it and he'll every once in awhile turn him over. The Red Foot is great pet.

Sarah - 2010-03-03
We have had our Red-footed tortoise, Stellaluna, for almost a year. We love her so much! She eats daily and wonders around our house regularly. She seems like she has only grown a tiny bit over the last year. Does anyone know how fast she should be growing?

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  • Ilene - 2010-03-29
    I have a 3 year old red-footed tortoise. I also volunteer at a sea turtle rehab hospital in Florida. The vet at our hospital told me to expect about 1 - 1 1/2 inch growth per year.
  • Connie - 2010-05-01
    I have a red foot and she goes through several growth spurts a year. I can tell because when she grows because the black around her scutes gets very shiny. Turtles and tortoises grow according to how well they are fed(nutritionally). Give enough humidity, good food and safe environment and she'll do fie. Remember, no ICEBERG lettuce. There is no nutritional value in it and once your turtle or tortoise likes it it is difficult to break them of it. Mine likes collard greens, kale and romaine tips (dark green veggies, yum!) Good Luck.
  • turtlebum - 2010-06-15
    Red foots when acquired as babies or 3 mos plus generally grow 2 inches a year. This however, is based on proper husbandry and diet.
  • Stephanie, from CA - 2010-08-24
    I bought mine as a hatchling and in two years she has more than quadrupled her size-= she is now 10" . It's important they get a varied diet including protein sources that mimic what they get in the wild. Mine loves hibiscus flowers, tomatoes, especially home grown, strawberries, mangoes, papaya, cantaloupe, mixed baby field greens and for proteins semi- cooked soft boiled eggs, raw chicken, mill worms, earth worms and rarely a high quality low fat cat food that does not have fillers, like corn etc (kept as a back up if I have been working alot and can't get to the store for meat). In the winter I buy whole frozen strawberries and frozen tropical fruits.
    Hope that helps and oh- I always keep cuttle bones in her cage- she loves them and they keep her bones strong!
olivia - 2010-04-26
I have a red footed tortoises her name is ori and I have a russian tortoise named mill they are like best friends and ori follows mill everywhere even when they are taking a bath it's so sweet, they are the most adorable and cutest creatures on the planet earth they are very outgoing and love to explore and they always got each others back!
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  • andrew sousa - 2010-07-31
    Are you getting rid of them if you are are you given them away for free?
bob - 2009-07-13
I have mated pair of red-footed tortoises. This year was the first year that I noticed that the female trys to mount the male. Any ideas of why this is happening?

Bob in Kansas City

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  • turtlebum - 2010-06-15
    Your female is bored with the male. If you really want them to breed, remove the male and re-introduce around breeding time. Good breeding groups usually consist of 5 individuals where there is competition amongst males, increasing repro responses. Also, if they are crowded for space or their surroundings, temp, humidity have changed or they do not feel secure with ample hides their behavior can change until needs are met.
Karen Frost - 2009-09-07
I have my first Red Foot Tortoise. His name is Tooter and he is the most adorable creature. He has a companion, a female Russian Box Tortoise named Tina. Tooter is almost her size now and will surpass her soon. They are both very curious and playful. I put them in a small tub of water to bathe a couple times a week and allow them some play time to walk around and explore. The cats are very gentle with them and they seem to enjoy their curiosity although I always keep a close watch on them. I love to watch how excited Tooter gets when he explores and Tina too loves the feeling of being able to go where ever she wants to. I've never seen a tortoise run like she does! They respond to my voice and Tooter too, leans his head forward to touch nosed with me. Tina has things to do she doesn't care too much to be handled and spoiled but Tooter loves to have his little feet rubbed and is very fond of attention and touch.

Adc - 2009-06-29
I have a wonderful red foot named sammy. He is 5 years old. He is very sweet and curious. He loves strawberries and lettuce. But unfortunately he has some trouble walking. He lost his foot on his right leg at a young age. SO he is a little unbalanced. He is a bit shy but he loves basking in the sun and roaming around my backyard. He even gives kisses by stretching his neck out to touch noses with you. They are the most amazing animals. I love my Sammy!