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Yellow-footed tortoises

Yellow-footed tortoises

Yellow-Footed Tortoises Carmen and Rodriguez

Originally, these tortoises come from South America where they populate humid or semi-arid tropical rainforests. They can be found in Columbia, Venezuela, the Guianas, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay as well as Trinidad. The tortoises procreate during the rainy season, with females laying 3 to 6 hard-shelled eggs which hatch after 100 to 150 days, depending on the temperature and humidity conditions.

These animals are easy to keep when offered the right temperature and humidity conditions. Thanks to their size and liveliness, they need a lot of space – ideally a large outdoor compound. The yellow-footed tortoise can reach up to 70cm in length and 20kg in weight. We feed them fresh herbs, dandelion, clover, broadleaf plantain, a limited amount of vegetables and fruit.

Red-footed tortoise

Red-footed tortoise

Red-Footed Tortoise

Originally, these tortoises come from South America where they populate the subtropics and savannahs. They procreate during the rainy season, with females laying 3 to 6 hard-shelled eggs which hatch after 100 to 150 days, depending on the temperature and humidity conditions.

Red-footed tortoises live in sub-tropical climates and like to be near a body of water. They can reach up to 50cm in length and 20kg in weight. We feed them fresh herbs, dandelion, clover, broadleaf plantain, a limited amount of vegetables and fruit.

King Quail

King Quail

King Quail

At 15 cm, the King Quail is the smallest member of the game bird species worldwide. The tiny quails are ground dwellers and spend their days looking for insects and seeds, using their beaks to scrape the earth rather than their feet, as most other game birds do. They are capable of flying but are not very good at it. When startled, they tend to panic and fly up which is why we would like to ask you to move calmly in the presence of our little tropical garden dwellers.

Silky fowl

Silky fowl

Silky fowl

Silky fowl

Silky fowl

Silky fowl

Silky Fowl

The silky fowl is thus a very early example of a domesticated chicken from East Asia. In the Middle Ages, traders such as Marco Polo imported the unusual fowl into Europe where it was allegedly touted as a cross between chicken and rabbit due to its fluffy plumage.

The females are held in high regard not only as suppliers of eggs and meat but also as wet nurses for duck and pheasant chicks. A glint of the fowl’s characteristic blue skin often shows through its silky, fluffy plumage from which it obtains its name. In contrast to most other game birds, silky fowls have five toes on each of their feathered feet.

Aside from the white specimen, silky fowls also come in black, red, yellow, grey and blue hues. Their downy, fringed plumage prevents them from flying since their feathers have neither barbs nor quills to hold them together and the shafts of the individual feathers are limp. At Tropenhaus Frutigen, the silky chickens have a free run of one section of the papaya production area. They can, however, also retreat to various hidey-holes.