How to Care for Your New Red-Leg Tortoise

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Red-Leg Tortoise Factoids

Origin

Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, and Paraguay

Temperature

Keep warm -- 75 to 90 F 
Size 10 to 12 inches likely
Age  Very long lived. Matures at 15 years.
Housing Needs plenty of space and a swimming pool

Substrate

Likes the grass in your backyard

Security

Needs a sun shelter

Foods

Mainly a vegetarian

Breeding

Like most tortoises

Threats

Too much sun and not enough sun

 

 

Tough Little Cookies:  Probably the best feature of red-legs is their size.  They don't grow into unliftable behemoths.  Even better, they're hardy little rascals.  Rather than impress you with mucho lingo, this page is mucho heavier in pictures of red legs.

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Cherry-head red-legged tortoise.  Very attractive, but not inexpensive.

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Full grown regular red-leg.

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Regular red-leg getting a good soak in warm water.

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Ditto.  Special effects?  Larger red leg.

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Aspen makes a good substrate.

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So does gravel.

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Wood chips okay.  Most red legs are smart enough not to eat their substrate.

 

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Young red legs are cute.

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Cherry-head red leg.

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Dandelions taste good and are nutritious.

 

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Regular red-legged tortoise.

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Not afraid of people.

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Not a picky eater.

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A natural grass eater.

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But they like to stop and eat the flowers.

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To avoid "pyramiding." you'll want them to eat mostly grass.

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And, unless you like to bathe them personally, you need an easy-in water bowl.

 

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Of course they'll eat pasta -- or nearly anything you put in their food bowl.

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Even though they love all foods, they need mostly grass.

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Little guy.

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They love all this stuff, but give them mostly high-fiber grass.

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Just arrived little guy.  Looks good.

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This guy has puffy eyes.  He needs vitamin A -- and, of course, warmth.

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Good eater.  We put cod liver oil atop his lettuce.

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looking better here.

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Not exactly carbon copies.

Anti-Climax:  No real big wrap up here.  Just a warning to avoid feeding overly nutritious foods to your red legs.

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Or you wind up with bumpy red legs.

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Foot-long red leg tortoise, July 26, 2012.

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Personable rascal.

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Checking our a dandelion plant.  Not interested.

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He nibbled some leaves off the mulberry bush on his right.

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Two days later, still sampling the mulberry bushes.

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Several days later, still liking mulberry leaves.

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Makes a great place to scan the neighborhood.

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