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Chaco Tortoise behavior

The Chaco Tortoise is a moderately sized tortoise from Argentina. Because they are considered an endangered species, they are rarely available as pets outside of South America.

Chaco Tortoises are found primarily in moderately arid regions including sparsely vegetated land, grasslands with few trees and woodlands. It has been reported that the Chaco Tortoise hibernates in the winter, and this may explain why they retreat to deeper burrows in cold weather. They may also spend the winter in a semi-dormant state, emerging from the burrow to drink, go to the bathroom and move around. During warmer weather, the Chaco Tortoise spends most of the day in shallow burrows. In the wild, they feed primarily on shrubs, grasses, cactus pads and fruit. Because they will sometimes eat meat in captivity, it is believed that they may feed on carrion in the wild. While they live in moderately dry areas, they do enjoy soaking in water.

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