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Red-footed Tortoise

The red-footed tortoise is native to most of South America, plus Panama, Trinidad and Barbados; it has been introduced to many islands in the West Indies. It is found in a wide range of habitats within this extensive range, including wet and dry forests, savannas, and grasslands associated with… Learn More

Sustainability

Does the harvest for wildlife trade or captive breeding of this species harm wild populations?

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  • Other tortoise species are endangered due to collection for the pet trade

Invasive Threat

Does the release or escape of this species into the wild harm the environment and/or economy?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Self-sustaining populations established outside native range

Ease of Care

Does harvest, captive breeding, transport, or being kept as a pet harm individual animals?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Relatively easy to maintain in captivity with understanding of required husbandry
  • Can live up to 50 years; require long-term care commitment

Health Risks

Does this animal pose a health risk to native wildlife, humans, livestock and agriculture?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Ticks on tortoises can carry bacteria causing economically important diseases of livestock
  • Can carry and transmit Salmonella

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