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A New Update on red foot types

Discussion in 'Redfoot and yellowfoot tortoises' started by tortadise, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. Octavious22

    Octavious22 Active Member

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    Ok thanks I thought these were Colombian. These torts belong to the breeder that I bought a hatchling from now a yearling. The tort that i got is called a "blonde redfoot" . My tort's shell is very light in color and doesn't look like these torts at all. Its carapace hasn't changed. Is there such thing as blonde redfoot? I heard that the lighter carapace torts were Colombian. I don't know I'm just curious.
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    Adorable torts! GOD bless.

    Take good care of them.
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    Can you please give information on food habit of Red Foot tortoises? do they eat every day? do they need calcium? how much food?
  5. tortadise

    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Redfoots are very opportunistic in the wild. They consume a broad variety of broad leaf plants and fruits. However most the fruits they eat are nothing like what is offered here in the United States. Anything with high fiber is best. Dandelions, weeds, greens, red tip, mushrooms, squash, zucchini, boiled eggs and worms is primarily what we feed ours. Every day, and twice a day in the summer. They're outside during the summer in large enclosures so get plenty of exercise and temperatures are suitable for rapid digestion. Tortoises being cold blooded will slow down if the core temperature is below 80 degrees Fahrenheit. So summer always makes them move about and consume more. But this should be coincided with large enclosures and adequate excercise. Pin doors is quite easy to over feed. So keep that in mind. Calcium is necessary for sure. Offer cuddle bones, and sprinkle calcium powder twice to three times a week on the food. If kept indoors use calcium with d3 if outdoors no need for d3, just calcium. As the sun will take care of the d3 absorption.
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    Hi Kelly. I don't suppose you have a Colombian, Venezuelan and a Suriname to show the difference in plastron patterns please.
  7. tortadise

    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Indeed I do. It will be a few weeks before I'm back down at the property to snap photos though. So I may forget. Those clads have very similar plastron so though.
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    Ok. I'll remind you I'm a couple of weeks.
    I was hoping you could show me the minor differences in the typical localities.
  9. tortadise

    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Those localities typically represent a cal pattern and colors. The shape of shell are a bit different too.

    Venezuelan has a watermelon type shape that sloped off the hind. Makes will wasteband or hourglass slightly. Suriname/Guyana will wasteband/hourglass greatly. Colombians are watermelon shaped too but typically represent solid orange/yellow scales on both head and front and hind limbs. They can also get a brown or chocolate hue to dark grey coloration on the shell and males don't wasteband near as much as Suriname/Guyana. Guyana will sometimes have yellow heads and red legs. But never yellow legs and yellow heads. Venezuelans can have a pink-orangish red scale typical of Fromt, hind and head. But sometimes whitish and yellowish cheek scales.
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    HLogic Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    There are yellow-only RF's from a particular area of Colombia. There are also 'normal' RF's near by. The orange ones may be interbreeding between the two populations.
    http://hlogic.net/images/allyellow.jpg
    http://hlogic.net/images/noredzone.jpg
    http://hlogic.net/images/WhiteYellow.jpg
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    cdmay Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    My experience with imported Colombian animals started in 1973. The white and yellow colored head scales (as in HLogic's images) was a common sight.
    In addition, other animals that were similarly from Colombia might have heads with multiple shades of orange and yellow---or even green! Kind of a fruit salad look.
    But as HLogic indicates, Colombia has at least two distinct populations of red-footed tortoises.
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    domalle Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    Uniquely colored redfoot, not a yellowfoot.
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    Vern would welcome guestimates on his origins. He's 9 years old, CB, 12lbs and about 13 inches.

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    thanks! I need to get decent pics of the others still.
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    @cdmay

    Green, cool, by any chance do you have or know of any images of green skin/scale redfoots?

    On real film slides I have a picture of a Impressed Tortoise with the semi transparent part of the scutes that are normally a golden-horn color, green. I though it was algae, but nope it's was green.
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    He's cute, and he knows it. Adorable little dude.
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    He's our 'shell puppy' He just wants to be where the people are, no matter what. He would probably follow us into a blizzard if we let him.
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    He sounds like one of my pets.

    Your profile picture is great.
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    I am having trouble deleting this post.
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    This is a great post, thanks to everyone that's added to it. The first 4 pages though.....it's Colombia, not Columbia
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