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Yellow Footed Tortoise

Papercraft kit : The Yellow Footed Tortoise, well-named for its yellow-scaled limbs.

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Rare animal of the world, The Amazon series No.3. The Yellow Footed Tortoise, the largest species in the Testudinidae family that inhabits the Amazon jungle is classified as “Vulnerable [VU]” in the Red List.

Assembly instructions for the Paper Craft Model of the Yellow Footed Tortoise, well-named for its yellow-scaled limbs, may be downloaded from this web site. A photo image of a completed model may be downloaded as well.

Download - Parts sheet & InstructionsThis data was released in March, 2005.

Yellow Footed Tortoise - Animal Guide

  • Yellow Footed Tortoise - Testudinidae Family
  • Geochelone denticulata
  • Carapace (shell top) : length: 50 to 60 cm (approximately 19.7 to 23.6 in.)
  • 2016 Edition of the RED LIST categories : Vulnerable [VU]

The Yellow Footed Tortoise, a member of the Testudinidae family, is the largest species of tortoise inhabiting the Amazon tropical rain forest. The carapace of the grown Yellow Footed Tortoise ranges in length from 50 to 60 cm (approximately 19.7 to 23.6 in.) and, in some cases, may exceed 70 cm (27.6 in.). The largest carapace on record is currently 82 cm (approximately 32.3 in.) long.
The carapace is narrow and dome-shaped with a blackish brown color and orange or yellow markings. The species resembles the Red Footed Tortoise, which also belongs to the Testucinidae family. As well-described by its name, the limbs, especially the front legs, are spotted with yellow (or orange) markings, while the Red Footed Tortoise has reddish markings. Furthermore, the species' simple oval-shaped carapace differs from that of the Red Footed Tortoise, which has concave indentations on its sides viewed from above.
The Yellow Footed Tortoise feeds mainly on fruit and flowers. It also eats leaves, bark, grasses, mushrooms, and occasionally even insects, snails, and the carrion of vertebrate animals.
The species lays several clutches of four to eight eggs a year. Both male and female individuals basically live a solitary life except during the breeding season.


Extending to the Orinoco River and the upper Amazon basin, the Yellow Footed Tortoise inhabits the tropical rain forests of South American nations such as Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, Columbia, Brazil and Bolivia, and seldom leaves the forests. The number of the species is decreasing due to deforestation and the capture of tortoises for food. The commercial trading of all tortoises is restricted by the Washington Convention. However, because of the high demand for tortoises, widespread international trading of a great number of wild and bred individuals for pet purposes is taking place, both legally and illegally.

About Red List

The Red List is the material prepared by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) classifying various threatened wild animals of the world and reporting their present habitat status.

The List evaluates the extinction risk level of each individual species from a biological viewpoint, but it possesses no legal power to enforce regulations concerning threatened species. The Red List is broadly employed as fundamental information in advancing the preservation of threatened wild animals.

Referring to the original Red List, the Environment Agency of Japan has compiled the Japanese edition of the List listing threatened taxa inhabiting Japan.

2016 Edition of the RED LIST CATEGORIES and classified as follows:
Extinct EX No known individuals remaining.
Extinct in the Wild EW Known only to survive in captivity, or as a naturalized population outside its historic range.
Critically Endangered CR Extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
Endangered EN High risk of extinction in the wild.
Vulnerable VU High risk of endangerment in the wild.
Near Threatened NT Likely to become endangered in the near future.
Least Concern LC Lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at-risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.
Data Deficient DD Not enough data to make an assessment of its risk of extinction.
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