Large red-footed tortoise directly in the middle of a shady portion of the trail from Flamands to Colombier Beach. Quite tame and un afraid. Judging from its response to humans, it may have been fed by hikers and tourists at some point as it seemed almost "expectant". About the size of a very over-sized American football.
Red-footed Tortoise (Geochelone carbonaria) in captivity at Niagara Falls Aviary, Ontario, Canada. Photographed on 24 June 2010.
The species is native in South America
Red-footed tortoises (Chelonoidis carbonaria) are popular pet tortoises from northern South America. They are medium-sized tortoises that generally average 30 centimetres (12 in) as adults, but can reach over 40 cm (16 in). They have a dark-colored loaf-shaped carapace (back shell) with a lighter patch in the middle of each scute (scales on the shell), and dark limbs with brightly colored scales that range from pale yellow to dark red. There are recognized differences between red-footed tortoises from different...