The Variety of Tortoises
Red Footed Tortoise
The Red-footed tortoise requires pet owners to follow a diet consisting of 80% fibrous vegetables and 20% fruits and vegetables, including endive, mustard greens, and dandelion greens, and avoiding iceberg lettuce, spinach, and kale. You’ll also need to make sure they are receiving enough vitamin D3 and calcium, so you’ll want to include supplements in their meals. Your tortoise may be slow to adapt to life in an enclosure, but will gradually develop a new eating regimen as soon as it adjusts to its new habitat.
If keeping your tortoise outdoors, make sure that the daytime temperature is between 90° to 95°F, and maintain a 65° to 70°F temperature during the night. This species prefers slightly more humid surroundings, so make sure to use adequate ground cover (about 2-3″ of coconut husk bark and wood chips or moss). You’ll need to monitor the moisture levels often, so be sure you select a hygrometer to keep in his habitat and check it frequently.