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Endangered South American Species: Yellow-footed Tortoise

Animal

Yellow-footed tortoise is a member of the turtle that lives in South America. This turtle is a turtle belonging to the genus Chelonoidis of the family Tortoise and is distributed from Bolivia to Brazil. It is the largest tortoise in South America and is closely related to the red-footed tortoise. Although sometimes bred as a pet, this turtle is actually designated as an endangered species. It is known that the population is declining due to excessive overfishing and destruction of nature.

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Habitat

Yellow-footed tortoise is a turtle that lives in South America.

Characteristic

Yellow-footed tortoise has a maximum instep length of 82 cm and is the largest tortoise in South America. I like rainforests such as Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and Bolivia, but I live in a variety of environments including savanna and grasslands. The carapace has a long oval dome shape with a slightly serrated edge on the posterior edge deck. The limbs are dark brown with 5 claws on the forelimbs and 4 claws on the hindlimbs. The carapace is tan or dark brown, and the head also has yellow or orange spots. Yellow-footed tortoises are similar to red-footed tortoises, but are considered different animals. Foreign enemies are jaguars, snakes and crocodiles.

Ecology

Yellow-footed tortoises live on grasses, leaves, fruits and flowers, and mushrooms. We also eat carcasses of animals, insects and snails. The breeding form is oviparous. The breeding season is all year round, and estrus males compete with each other for females. If the female refuses to mate and escapes, chase and mate. You can lay 1-8 eggs at a time. The female digs a hole in the ground and is buried with soil after spawning. Eggs hatch in 4-5 months and children live with their parents. The life is said to be 50-60 years.

Endangered species

Yellow-footed tortoises may be edible in their habitat. In addition, land development and deforestation are reducing habitats. Furthermore, there is demand as a pet, and it is also being captured. Against this background, yellow-footed tortoises are listed in Annex II of the Washington Convention. In addition, it has become an endangered species, and yellow-footed tortoises are in a situation that requires conservation activities.

Breeding

Yellow-footed tortoise is a fairly large animal among the turtle family, and it can be said that it is not suitable for general households. In addition, the population is declining, making it quite difficult to obtain. Watch at the zoo or go to South America.

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