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Yellow Foots


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Yellow foot tortoises are mainly vegetarians but do consume some animal protein in the wild.  Their diet consists of weeds, grasses, fruits, insects and worms in nature but they do well in captivity on tortoise chow, greens, veggies, a little fruit and earth worms. They inhabit moist rainforests of South America but are less commonly found in grasslands.



  For my complete information on housing and food/water for yellow foot tortoises please sure to visit the links on the side.  I have two yellow foot tortoises, Miss Ava, seen to the left, and her male buddy Albert.  They are both adults but I don't know how old they are. I adopted Miss Ava in July 2005 and Albert in August 2006.  I adopted them from the the Wildlife Care Center in Fort Lauderdale.


  Yellow foots, like red foots are real easy tortoises to take care of, especially when the are old enough to live outside.  Aside from setting up proper outside housing, you need to feed them every day and change the water dish.  I make sure that I get a good look at all my reptiles when I see them outside to make sure they are doing well and have no physical problems.  The majority of the time you don't see them because they are hiding. I usually only see them when they are eating.  Yellow foot tortoises come from the rainforests of South America.  They can occasionally be found in grasslands.  The yellow foots do great living outside here in south  Florida but in the winter if it got into the 30s at night they would have to be taken inside. They don't bask a lot but because they are tropical tortoises they cannot withstand cold temperatures. If you live in a cold winter climate you will have to house your yellow foots indoors until the summer.


  When I brought Albert home Miss Ava was so happy to see a tortoise like her. She craned her neck out, bobbed it up and down and walked right over to Albert. He was a little shy at first because it was a new surrounding for him but he quickly followed Miss Ava around the pen and in no time they became inseparable. They usually bunk together and most of the time are seen eating together. They usually come out once a day to eat, but sometimes come out twice.  Once in a while they are out early waiting for their food, like around 7 AM. Since I have the guinea pigs and the dog to feed first, sometimes I don't get to the tortoise pen quick enough for them!


  I wasn't sure if the yellow foot tortoises were yellow or red foots until I came across this page for species identification.  Now I know that I have two yellow foot and 2 red foot tortoises.  One of the things I truly love about these large reptiles is hand feeding them bananas.  Miss Ava can eat TWO bananas from me at once! She is truly a character when she runs after me to get the banana. Occasionally I have been afraid she was going to bite my ankles unless I produced a banana on the spot! I will try to get a video of her eating a banana from me.


   If you house yellow foot tortoises indoors - which I don't recommend unless they are hatchlings or during the cold, winter months - you will need a large enough enclosure, a basking area and UV ray lights. A trip to the local reptile shop will get you set up. If you can, adopt one from a rescue group and put it in a secure, outdoor pen like I have in the warmer months. These are fairly large tortoises when full grown, much bigger than Russian tortoises but not as big as African spur thighs. Miss Ava weighs approximately 25 pounds!


  Thanks for visiting the yellow foot tortoise page. I hope you will enjoy the video and pictures of them!





Click on Playlist to view the seven movies of the yellow foot tortoises.



I love this picture of Siggy riding Miss Ava. Cavy rides yellow foot tortoise is the headline! I LOVE IT!!!

Miss Ava



The queen bee of the pen!

Miss Ava is just gorgeous isn't she? I just love her to death!


Mr. Albert



Good picture of Albert at the food station

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