Amazon Basin Yellow Foot
The Amazon Basin “South American” Yellowfoot Tortoise
Basin Yellowfeet are found in South America in countries like Brazil, Bolivia, French Guiana, Guyana and Peru
There are also population that made their way over to countries in the Caribbean like, Trinidad and Tobago.
Adult males have been known to reach a size of 32 inches straight shell length and weigh as much as 115 pounds.
I have an individual female her name is Gladys and she is 55 years old and weighs 80 pounds
You can see her picture on this page.
I have additional animals that range in size from 18 inch to 22 inches.
These animals are much bigger than the typical 16 inches we see in normal yellowfooted tortoises.
There is also a variation in color and color patterns in the Basin Yellow footed tortoises.
I don’t believe an accurate determination of an “Amazon Basin Yellow foot” can accurately describe each locality
by simply coloration, as I have seen a few different patterns In my exposure to these animals.
I remember when back in the early eighties you could see a few of these animals come in from the imports here in south Miami.
But, back just a few years ago I did see some Amazon Basins yellowfeet come in from Guyana.
I have three different localities of Amazon Basins all of which have different sizes and coloration.
Today there are very few Amazon Basin yellowfeet here in the US however, I do know a few collectors that have some animals.
There is not much breeding activity that I can see, but every so often we do see advertised some hatchlings.
The last known population of these animals that I know of was a Spanish women living in Plantation Florida who had moved up from South America.
I am not sure how she came to have the animals exactly but she had a large group of males and females.
She was the only known breeder of Amazon Basin Yellow feet I have ever heard of.
Back about 5 or 6 years ago, kids started jumping over her fence and stealing her animals.
Unfortunately being widowed and alone all her efforts to stop them failed.
She decided to sell the five animals she had left (she also had 5 hatchlings) and I bought them all.
Unfortunately, all of the males were stolen and I was so stupid, I sold the hatchlings they were the cutes things I had ever seen.
Over time I have sold a female here and there, the other females and held back.