South American Yellow-foot Tortoise
|Geographical Range||Tropical South America, east of the Andes|
|Scientific Name||Geochelone denticulata|
This tortoise is the largest of three species of mainland tortoises found in South America. It lives in humid rainforests, where it feeds on fruit like wild plums, on mushrooms, and even on carrion (dead animals).
Four months after a female lays her eggs in the nest she makes, her brightly patterned, two-inch babies hatch. If they’re lucky, they’ll live up to 50-60 years. Unfortunately, the number of "yellow-foots" has been declining because the species is heavily hunted by humans for food.