Meet Our Animals – Red Foot Tortoises

Every now and then we will be giving you some fact about our animals that will help you get to know them.

 

Today’s animals are Jess and Georgie our red foot tortoises.

 

George and Jess 2

Jess and George are 6 years old (Born 2011) and were born in captivity.

They like most red foot tortoises have lots of character and are every lively. In the wild they walk for miles searching for food that they scavenge from the floor such as fruits, vegetation and even the occasional baby mouse.

Fruits-and-Vegetables

Jess and Georgie are reptiles so they are not able to regulate their blood temperature being cold blooded. The often bath in the sun to warm themselves up or hide in the shade to cool down.

hot and cold

Red foot tortoises like Jess and Georgie in the wild come from the Amazon rain forest, where it is hot and humid. We replicate that in their vivarium by providing heat, humidity and UV light so they stay healthy.

amazon rainforest

They can grow to the size of a dinner plate and live to 50 years.

dinner plate

It can be difficult to find out which is boy and girl when younger. When they are 5+ it is easier and you can tell by the different shapes. Females have much shorter tails and the males have a concave plastron. Red Foot Tortoises can’t be sexed until they reach 6-7” as it can be difficult to do this accurately before they reach this size.
Check out the picture below so you can see visually what we are talking about.

refoot_tortoise_sexing

 

So there are some facts about our Red Foot Tortoises Jess and Gerogie. Want to meet them and learn more why not check out our website at www.pbanimaladventures.co.uk or see what Georgie and Jess get up to on our Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/pbanimaladventures/

 

See you guys and girls soon.

YT-5

 

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