Yellow-footed Tortoise

The yellow-footed tortoise is so-named for the yellow scales on its front legs. This is the largest species of tortoise on the South American mainland. The population of this species is dropping due to the fact that they are widely hunted for their meat, and many are taken from the wild to be sold in the U.S. as pets.

This tortoise produces a surprising variety of sounds including hisses, coos and a clucking noise that sounds a lot like a chicken.

South America

At A Glance


Dense tropical rainforests, dry forests and grasslands


Grasses, succulents, fruits, snails, worms and carrion


Central South America