Baby Redfoot Tortoise

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  1. Healthy & Active

    Posted by Aaron on 8th Jun 2023

    Ordered pair arrived on time and super healthy and active. pleasure doing business with Tortoise Supply. Look forward to doing more business in the future.

  2. Perfect Condition

    Posted by Adam Michels on 1st Jul 2017

    My baby red foot arrived safely with no problems. He/She is super cute and is active. Would recommend to someone buying a tortoise.


    Posted by Lori on 27th May 2015

    we got our red foot tortoise this morning. he/ she is amazing. tortoise supply is the best way to go when ordering a tortoise. he is the most cutest thing in the world. thank you so much!'

  4. Amazing, Cute and Active!

    Posted by Julia, Sonoma county, Ca on 2nd Dec 2014

    I couldn't be happier with my whole experience dealing with Tortoise Supply! I am new to torts and sent Tyler several long emails before even purchasing them and he thoroughly answered my dozens of Qs about lighting and substrate and who knows what else. We have a farm with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and geese so I know with new animals you have to do a lot of research. I had two books on redfoots and had done 150+ hours of online research but everyone says slightly different things regarding their care; so I was thrilled to have finally contacted people who not only hatched them but were available to educate me on the care they received prior to life with us.
    I finally got our tortoise tub planted and lit and ordered our two baby redfoots. My son picked the two he wanted from a picture Tyler sent me of the hatchlings they had available soaking in a tub. We were so delighted that he got the two we actually picked, especially meant a lot to my son as they were his 10 yr old birthday present! He was clear with tracking number and forthcoming with info on how late UPS/FedEx can be if we live in a rural area ( which we do). We opted to pick them up at the nearest UPS office first thing in the morning so we could be sure to get them right away in the morning. It was amazing to open that box and find our two little torties alive!
    We got them home n soaked in warm water right away. They ate a ton of spring mix right after that and went to the basking area for some heat then headed into the moss in corners for a nap. We were surpised that they ate right away, but even more surpised when they came out an hour later for more food! Now we aren't so shocked when they eat 3-4 times a day, especially Scarlet! Coral will come tearing out of the hide whenever I put a veggie or fruit in their dish, but they will both go to town on a shiitake mushroom!!
    We have had them for 3 weeks as of today and yesterday I sent Tyler some more feeding Qs to make sure I don't over or under do the calcium supplements. He very thoroughly answered all my questions as always. I am so grateful for a really good experience especially being new to tortoises. I highly recommend Tyler and Sarah for all your tortoise needs. They really know what they are doing! Thanks you guys!!

  5. Wonderful product, wonderful experience !

    Posted by Steven on 31st Aug 2014

    Was always afraid in the past to order a reptile through the mail. Not anymore. My baby red foot arrived on time and in perfect condition. He/she was active and eating within an hour of arriving and I have had NO problems with him/her what so ever! Do not hesitate to order from Tyler and Sarah. They are nice people and you will absolutely NOT be disappointed !

  6. New Baby Redfoot has arrived!

    Posted by Chanda White on 9th Oct 2013

    I received my new Redfoot this morning. After unpacking and giving him a rinse in some warm water, he/she began to explore the new place! Very inquisitive, alert, and sociable! Happily munching on a grape right now. Will definitely refer Tortoise Supply to all my friends!

  7. Spectacular!!!

    Posted by Unknown on 19th Sep 2013

    My new tortoise arrived 2 days after i ordered it an so far this is the best thing i have ever orderd online. I am very pleased with this website. I encourage everybody to get a tortoise, they are cute, quiet, peaceful, and live for a long time.

  8. Best tortoise!

    Posted by Lexie on 21st Mar 2013

    After a sad loss of a tortoise due to escape from its outdoor enclosure I finally decided I was ready for another.

    I had never ordered a tortoise online and was a little nervous of the idea of my live animal coming in a box in the mail...but I don't think I will ever buy from a pet store again! This little baby redfoot came earlier than expected and in PERFECT condition. As soon as we opened the box she was awake and alert, and after a warm soak she was exploring around her cage and eating! Immediately after arrival! I was so shocked, my previous tortoise took two weeks to even begin to eat!

    This little baby could not have been more perfect and has brought so much happiness to me. She isn't too timid for being a baby and every day continues to show amazing activity, curiosity, and personality.

    NOT ONLY was the tortoise amazing, but the price was amazing! I compared around online tortoise sellers and this was the BEST price I could find for such young tortoises.

    I highly recommend and thank Tortoise Supply!

  9. adorable redfoot tortoise

    Posted by maddi on 3rd Jan 2013

    I bought a baby redfoot tortoise from you in april 2012 and he/she is doing wonderful and is soooooo cute. He/she has grown a lot since I purchased it and looks very healthy. I will definitely buy all my tortoises from you in the future. Thank you so much!!!

  10. perfect little guy

    Posted by ladena james on 24th Dec 2012

    We received our tortoise one day later than expected (Hugh snow storm fed ex not tortoise Supply problem ) he arrived warm and hungry. He was so adorable I gave in and gave him to my son early for Christmas. My son is nine and says this is his best gift ever. Thank you for all your help and expertise. I had know idea a tortoise is so much fun.

  11. couldn't be happier !

    Posted by Doug Day Irvine ,KY on 22nd Dec 2012

    the red foot arrived yesterday, my son couldnt be happier,hes larger than we expected! nice colors, very energetic, exploring his new home right away, went straight to the water bowl and had a nice long drink, and then ate some mustard greens and yellow squash ! he had a good soak, then crawled under a flower pot to sleep ! thanks to Tyler and Sarah for answering all our questions and prompt reply to emails. my son plans on getting another red foot in the spring,and it will be from tortoise supply !THANKS !

  12. Awesome!!

    Posted by Mike - Galveston, Tx on 21st Sep 2012

    Waffles arrived today! Just as promised. As with other comments, he came out of the package safe and sound, perked right up during his soak, ate a healthy snack then burrowed in for a nap. Tyler was prompt and courteous when responding to my questions. We are looking forward to many long years with our new family member, and wouldn't be too surprised if we bought Waffles a companion from Tortoise Supply in the future. Highly recommend anyone to Tortoise Supply!

  13. SO CUTE!

    Posted by Jordan on 1st Sep 2012

    We got our two baby redfoots today! They were active right away and ate very well after their soaking. Very satisfied with this site as well as the service Tyler and Sarah provided to us. I definitely recommend this site to anyone looking for tortoises. Thanks so much for our lovely little babies!!

  14. Sooooo happy!

    Posted by Matthew on 21st Aug 2012

    I received my tort today and it is really healthly and is eatting well I am really happy about how everything was handled if I decide that my little tort needs a buddy I will come back here for sure!

  15. On Time

    Posted by Adam on 21st Aug 2012

    Just recieved my baby redfoot. I didnt like the way FedEX had the box upside down when presenting it even though it clearly on the box says live animal and this side up. My baby redfoot got unpackaged and instantly when placed in my tort table was very active and alert. ate some greens, roamed the table and then went to bed. i am very pleased with this buy and will recommend site to anyone. 5+ stars in my book

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Common Name: Redfoot Tortoise
Scientific Name: Chelonoidis Carbonaria
Current Size: 2"+
Average Adult Size: 12-14"
Area of Origin: South and Central America; Few Carribbean Islands

Description: Black shell color, usually with yellow highlights in the centers of each scute of their shell, which are present from hatching (the black color grows in with age). The skin is black, with bright red spots on the front and rear legs. Head color varies between specimens and localities, but is generally black skin with red or yellow scales present mostly on the top of the head. Males generally are a bit more colorful than females. We consider them "watermelon" shaped; somewhat elongated and rounded, no matter which angle you're looking at them from. Males usually have a narrow waistline (hourglass shape) when viewed from above, although this isn't always the case.

Habitat: Naturally these tortoises exist in a wide variety of habitats, from grassland to jungle, almost all with moderate to high humidity and moderate temperatures. They can handle variable amounts of humidity in captivity once grown, but babies should be kept humid to ensure proper smooth growth. They do not hibernate, but will go through a winter slow down period during cooler weather and shortened daylengths. As adults, they can safely handle body temperatures as low as 45 degrees at night as long as they are able to heat up into the 70's during the day. Summer highs up to 100 degrees can be tolerated as long as there is a cooler, shaded retreat the tortoise can get into. Moisture is not a problem in warmer temperatures (a cool mud hole on a hot day), but in cooler weather and on cold nights, the tortoises should be kept dry.

Diet: This tortoise is naturally a browser, and will wander about munching on broadleaf plants and fallen fruit the majority of its natural life. They are known to eat meat in the wild, seen eating dead animals, worms and snails. In captivity, redfoot tortoises will eat almost anything well, such as leafy weeds and clover (dandelions are a favorite), fruit, vegetables and they love Mazuri tortoise diet.

Adult Behavior: Adult redfoot tortoises are interactive and curious tortoises. They are usually unaggressive towards eachother and can usually be kept long term in mixed-sex groups. They are not damaging to their environment, rarely digging holes or burrows. Most redfoots will eagerly come to their keepers looking for food once they are comfortable in their environments.

Our Current Care:  During cooler weather or indoors, these tortoises are kept indoors on 2-3" deep moistened coco coir substrate with a humid hidebox that they can get into at night. We raise them in cheap, simple plastic tubs that can be purchased at WalMart or Target, generally 3 to 4 square feet in size for babies. Temperatures in the room fluctuate between 75 at night up to 85 during the day, but we keep the hidebox heated to around 80-85 at night with a heat pad beind it, or a red bulb placed overhead.

Diet consists of spring mix greens with many other leafy greens, fruit and veggies offered in rotation to that (mulberry, bell pepper, apple, pear, melon, mango, papaya, endive, grape leaves, hibiscus leaves, and diced cactus pads). We like to also add moistened Mazuri tortoise diet as well as ZooMed's Gourmet Tortoise Food a few times a week, usually mixed and mashed into the leafy greens. The addition of the commercial diets take care of most or all of the supplementation needs, or you can sprinkle the food lightly with a calcium supplement 2 or 3 times a week and a multivitamin supplement 1-2 times a week. We also throw a pinch of our herbal hay on top of whatever they are eating almost daily, which adds variety and flavor and scent to everything.

The tortoises are removed from their enclosure and soaked in a separate 1/4" deep pan of warm water daily or almost daily for 30 minutes each time. We don't generally use water dishes in the enclosures because of the risk of drowning (yes, we have lost babies to drowning when they flipped over in 1/4" of water).

Being a tropical species, they don't need intense lighting, but they need lights on during the day and off at night to maintain a normal day/night cycle. We use full spectrum UVB lights, which we suggest for the growth of pretty, healthy tortoises, and use a simple spot bulb or ceramic heat emitter for heat in a small part of the enclosure to give them a "hot spot" around 90-95 degrees that they can get into if they want to warm up.

While these tortoises prefer higher humidity levels (60-90%), we don't use the "closed chamber" method (keeping airflow very restricted to increase humidity to the point that clouds form in the enclosure). It is very risky if/when temperatures get below about 80, and mold, shell rot, and respiratory problems become a lot more common in those conditions. We keep them open top in the warm area, and enclosed, warm and humid within the hide (like they would be in the wild). They are free to choose the conditions, temperatures, and humidity levels they want within that setup.