Red-footed Tortoise Chelonoidis carbonaria

Not just for the shell of it: red-footed tortoises have been observed eating sand, which scientists think may help break down rough plant materials.

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ORIGIN:
South America

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HABITAT:
Forests and savannas

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
Length: 1 ft

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DIET:
Fruits and decaying plant and animal matter

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PREDATORS:
Unknown

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Tough shell

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REPRODUCTION:
Sexually mature at 5 yrs

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THREATS:
Habitat loss and human hunting

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
50 yrs

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