Yellow Foot Tortoise

Scientific Name:

  • Geochelone denticulata


  • Also known as Yellow-footed tortoise
  • Look quite similar to Red-footed Tortoise. The difference is just the colour of the scale on the forelegs and their heads of the tortoises
  • Readily available and fairly hardy that makes a wonderful pet tortoise
  • Their shell is wide and flat with light golden brown
  • These tortoises are shy, yet active and personable


  • They are found in South America contries, covered from Brasil to Bolivia and some Caribbean Islands
  • Northern South America, east of the Andes to southern Brazil; Trinidad, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, etc.


  • With light winter cooling, follow by warm and rainy days is helpful for Yellow Footed Tortoises breeding


  • From 6 to 12 eggs
  • Each clutches are laid 4 to 6 weeks apart
  • The little babies take approximately 3 to 4 months at 84°F to hatch


  • Male up to 24 inches (60cm)
  • Female up to 30 inches (75cm)
  • Weight up to 40lbs (20kgs)

Life Span:

  • Up to 50 years


  • Omnivores
  • Eat leafy greens such as: clover, endive, dandelions, etc
  • Fallen fruits
  • Small amount of meat, such as earthworms and low protein food
  • Commercial tortoise food (high calcium and vitamins)
  • Powdered calcium and high protein food should be mixed with the meal once a week to help them grow better


  • Their natural habitat is in the dense rainforest and tropical lowlands of South America

Tortoise Common Disease:

  • These tortoises will experience respiratory problems after a prolonged exposure to cool environmentEarly symptoms are puffy eyes and running nose