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After months of discussion we are unfortunately having to re-home our pair of Red-footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria) due to lack of space to upgrade their enclosure size - to keep them in their current enclosure would be cruel and far from what I am willing to let them live in.
- I will not be homing these to anyone who cannot provide them with the adequate space and enclosure needed or anyone not willing to research the appropriate care for this species.
- I will consider first time tortoise owners provided they do the proper research - please do not be put off by the demanding requirements.
- Please be aware that Red-footed Tortoises are not a recommended species to be bred and kept in the UK due to their husbandry requirements as stated by the Tortoise Protection Group.
- This particular species does not require Article 10 Certificates or any other paperwork.
- They will NOT come with their current enclosure - new owners will need to have an enclosure already set up.
"Rosie" and "Tobey" are male and female and I would prefer that they go together due to being together since we got them 7 years ago at the age of 2. I do not know their exact birth dates as they were unfortunately acquired from a pet shop so I also do not know their background. We were told that Rosie was female and Tobey was male only to later discover that they were in fact the other way around. Tobey just last winter started laying eggs - I ask that they are not bred from and any future eggs are appropriately discarded which I will discuss with new owners. I have my reasons for not wanting them bred and feel it would be irresponsible to do so.
Red-footed Tortoises are a tropical, rainforest dwelling species and so do not hibernate. Instead they require a heated, highly humid habitat all year round. They are not suitable to be kept in an unheated outdoor enclosure as the UK temperatures are fatally cold for them. An indoor table top enclosure close to 7' x 7' (size recommended for THREE so possibly slightly smaller) or equivalent will be required to house them in the winter or colder months. Additionally they would ideally need an outdoor enclosure for the warmer summer months this could be a greenhouse or heated, insulated shed purposely for them. They will need a daytime temperature between 30-32 degrees celsius in both enclosures. I will provide advice and answer any questions regarding husbandry both before and after rehoming.
Please note that the typical diet of a Mediterranean or other tortoise species is not appropriate for a Red-footed. They require a diet of greens, low sugar fruit and a small amount of animal protein in the form of boiled egg or though they have never had them, pinkies. Food will need to be dusted regular with vitamins and minerals plus a cuttlefish available at all times. They will need a water source both for drinking and large but also shallow enough for them sit and bathe in. You may also give them regular, shallow baths in warm, not hot, water.
A thermostat, digital thermometer and digital hygrometer will be required as well as a method of maintaining humidity between 70-80%.
Please note that they are not fully grown - some adult Red-foots may grow to a straight carapace length of 16-17'' and weigh as much as 4-8kg but provided you start off with a large enough enclosure it should be big enough for adult size.
If you are interested in rehoming them feel free to send me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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