The Red-footed Tortoise is distributed in central and northern South America as well as the southern part of Central America.
The states and territories of distribution include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.
The Red-footed Tortoise has also been introduced to several Caribbean islands in the 17th century as a food source.
The species has not yet been assessed for the IUCN Red List.
The main threat to the survival of the Red-footed Tortoise is overhunting that occurs throughout the species range. Habitat loss can also be a factor.
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Washington Convention).
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Reptilia – reptiles
■ Order Testudines – turtles
■ Family Testudinidae – tortoises
■ Species Chelonoidis carbonaria – Red-footed Tortoise