Yellow-footed tortoise

The yellow-footed tortoise in the Science Center is named Tort. She is 63 years old and weighs about 20 pounds.

Scientific Name: Chelonoidis denticulata

Habitat: Yellow footed tortoises are found in the Amazon Basin in South America. Tortoises are found in almost all regions on earth except for the Polar Regions and Tundra climates.

Funny habits : Tort often gets stuck in tight spaces, she will step on your foot (looking for attention?) and occasionally will nibble on your shoe or sneaker – if you’re standing still.

Care for Tort: Tort gets a bath once a week. She also gets her shell polished with olive oil.

Size: Male: 40cm (16 in), Female: 60-75 cm (24-30 in)

Diet: In captivity: At the Science Center, Tort eats apples, grapes, lettuce, romaine lettuce, and cherry grapes; in the wild: tortoises eat grasses, weeds, leafy greens, flowers and some fruits.

Life cycle: 50-60 years some individuals are known to have lived longer than 150 years.

Activity: Tortoises tend to be crepuscular creatures, meaning that they are usually active just after dawn and before sunset. They are dependent on ambient temperatures to determine the amount of activity they do each day. They are reclusive animals, preferring seclusion or isolation.
Difference between Turtles and Tortoises: Traditionally, a tortoise lives on land and a turtle lives in the water. Tortoise and turtle legs are quite similar although a turtle’s feet are webbed and have long nails. Some turtles even have flippers.

Physical Appearance: The yellow-footed tortoise has yellow scales on its head, jaw and limbs. The shell is dark brown.
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