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Yellow-footed Tortoise

Geochelone denticulata

Yellowfootedtortoise Gallery

About the Yellow-footed Tortoise


Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Geochelone
Species: denticulata

Yellow-footed tortoises are the largest tortoises on the mainland of South America. They're named for the yellow-orange scales on their front legs. These turtles make a sound like a baby cooing with a raspy voice. They have heavy claws for digging and their strong shells protect them from predators. Though their average weight is between 25 and 35 pounds, some turtles them can weigh more than 100 pounds!