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Family: TESTUDINIDAE

Scientific Name: Chelonoidis carbonaria

Common Name: jabuti piranga.


Spanish: morrocoy.
English: Red-footed Tortoise.

Length/Weight: they can measure up to 45 cm in length and weigh up to eight kilos.

Characteristics of the species: its hull is black with the central portion of the shells marked with yellow or red-orange. Many scales of limbs, especially of the hindquarters, are bright red.
 
Habitat: This species occurs in open areas with grasses, but can also be seen in the forest. It is widely distributed throughout South America, occurring throughout Brazil.
 
Diet: Although they are solitary animals, they can be seen in groups feeding under fallen fruit trees. They are omnivores, feeding on fruits, flowers, mushrooms, seeds, insects, dead animals and feces.
 
Reproduction: spawning occurs from August to January. They lay about six eggs per nest, but they can spawn up to six times in the same breeding season. Sex is determined by the incubation temperature.
 
Exploration: they are exploited for consumption and as pets
 
Conservation: was classified in 2012 as less worrying in the new Scientific Assessment of the Risk of Extinction of the Brazilian Fauna. To date they have not created any conservation program for this species.

Chelonoidis carbonaria