Swimming red foot

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To my surprise, I just found out that my red footed torti can swim. Is this good for them? Is it something that could be incorporated into his daily soak?

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To my surprise, I just found out that my red footed torti can swim. Is this good for them? Is it something that could be incorporated into his daily soak?

Thanks 😊

You need to upload your video to YouTube then post the YT URL here in your thread. But, a little swim is good exercise!
 

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My redfoot swims too. I think it's good exercise for them. I don't force it on him though. My bathtub is slanted so I can keep it where he's standing on one side and swimming on the other. He seems to enjoy it.
 

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You need to upload your video to YouTube then post the YT URL here in your thread. But, a little swim is good exercise!
Apologies, will upload to YouTube
 

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My redfoot swims too. I think it's good exercise for them. I don't force it on him though. My bathtub is slanted so I can keep it where he's standing on one side and swimming on the other. He seems to enjoy it.
Wonderfull video, my bath is sloping too, will try that.
 

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Wild redfoots are well-documented swimmers and show no hesitation to swimming small bodies of water for food, etc. There is not a lot of evidence that they 'need' to swim, but I did love letting mine choose to, like Toddrkfl1, by using a large tote tilted up a little.
 

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They are not built to swim like turtles, but they can if they need to!!! Just if they need to for some reason or a bit of exercise (not too long). My take.
 

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Surprisingly, to me anyway, leopard tortoises will willingly and purposefully walk into ponds and swim around on occasion given the chance. Large Galapagos tortoises love to sleep in mud and relatively deep water.

A cautionary note. While some tortoises can swim at least some of the time, they can also drown, and frequently do. Great caution should be exercised any time a tortoise is near water deep enough to drown in.
 

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Surprisingly, to me anyway, leopard tortoises will willingly and purposefully walk into ponds and swim around on occasion given the chance. Large Galapagos tortoises love to sleep in mud and relatively deep water.

A cautionary note. While some tortoises can swim at least some of the time, they can also drown, and frequently do. Great caution should be exercised any time a tortoise is near water deep enough to drown in.
I did see a Redfoot nearly drown in the one Keenan video that I watched.
It had fallen into a pond. Like they can float if they anticipate going in. But not if it is accidental.
 

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I did see a Redfoot nearly drown in the one Keenan video that I watched.
It had fallen into a pond. Like they can float if they anticipate going in. But not if it is accidental.
I've had days like that! Totally fascinating that some torts swim.
 
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