Learn How To Build A Redfoot Tortoise enclosure

If you want an unusual pet, a redfoot tortoise may be a perfect companion. The redfoot tortoise is native to South America, and Central America. It’s a medium sized tortoise with varying colors. Some have red scales on the legs and head, others are more yellow. In the wild, the Redfoot Tortoise habitat varies. They’re found in dry grasslands and humid forests. When you get your pet, it’s recommended that you take the tortoise for a check up. Most redfoots are farm raised, or caught in the wild. The stress, of being placed in different surroundings, may cause a medical problem. And, be sure the vet checks for parasites. The perfect Redfoot Tortoise enclosure is a tortoise table. The ideal table has a 3’x8′ floor and 14″ walls. For example, if you use 1/2″ thick plywood, the floor is 3’xby 8; you’ll need 2 side walls that measure 1′-x6″x8′ and 2 end walls measuring 1′-6″x3′-1″. The table’s legs really depend on how high you want it to be.

There is some debate about whether the tortoise needs UVB light. Experts say it’s necessary because the tortoise gets UVB light in the wild. UVB lamps are available especially for use with pets. When the tortoise get larger, outdoor pens are great for warm months. Redfoots love humidity, so misters and sprinklers may be needed. The Redfoot Tortoise environment should be a heavily planted area, to provide cover and additional humidity. Redfoot tortoises need water available at all times. The dish should be large enough for them to soak in. Like their human companion, the redfoot is an omnivore. The tortoise enjoys a variety of fruits and vegetables including collards, dandelions, melons, apples, squash and carrots. Once a month or so, feed your pet a source of animal protein. Examples include shrimp and chicken. The redfoot also enjoys some outdoors plants like hosta, sedum, hibiscus (flowers and leaves) and opuntia cactus pads. Some common plants are toxic for the tortoise including azalea, black-eyed susans, caladium, daffodils and honeysuckle. If you want to keep the tortoise, as a pet, it’s essential to learn to care for it. The redfoot is beautiful, and you want to protect this valuable part of nature.