Bill Murray, Proprietor Redfoot Ranch

Hi, my name is Bill Murray and I’m the proprietor of Redfoot Ranch. My passion is working with turtles and tortoises. I’ve been a devoted reptile hobbyist for a long time. After relocating from New York State to the Tampa Bay area as a young adult, my hobby continued to flourish. Over the years, I’ve invested lots of time, energy, and finances to expanding my collection of turtles and tortoises as well as with selected snakes and lizards. For a number of years, I served as President of the Turtle & Tortoise Club of Florida including chapters in Orlando and in Pinellas county. In early 2015, my long term dream of formally starting a reptile breeding business was realized and Redfoot Ranch was born. For six years, my home-based business was in Wimauma, Florida. I have now relocated to a home-based business in Alice Texas where I have invested in expanded and modernized facilities for care and breeding. I remain passionate about tortoises, turtles, snakes, lizards, and other exotics – when I can get away, I enjoy going on various herping adventures. I’ve traveled on a variety of organized herping trips to other parts of the Southeast, Southwest and to international locations. I also spend a lot of time volunteering. Some of my favorite volunteer moments have occurred with the T.S.A, NAFTA, and the sea turtle work that I have done in the USA and in Costa Rica. Thanks for visiting the website.

Our principal focus at Redfoot Ranch is the land tortoise.  As one would expect from our name, the Redfoot Tortoise (or Red Footed tortoise) is our flagship offering.  Native to parts of South America and Central America, it does extremely well in most areas of the southern US.  We maintain a number of breeding stock to provide a robust supply of hatchlings for this extremely popular tortoise.  Our Redfoot Tortoises are known for their great coloring.  They are long lived, have great personalities, and make awesome pets.  We also offer the rarer Cherryhead Redfoot Tortoise which are especially sought out for their high coloration.  We also raise the closely related Yellowfoot Tortoise at the ranch.  Various other captive bred tortoises are also available,  This includes the Leopard and Sulcata (Spur Thigh) Tortoises from arid regions of Africa; the Hermann Tortoise from grassland regions around the Mediterranean; and the Elongated Tortoise from Southeast Asia.  Most of the tortoises that we sell are small captive bred hatchlings within six months of birth.  Often, we have adult redfoot tortoises available and, less often, other species of adult tortoises.

Our goal is to maintain a continuous supply of tortoise inventory for sale.  In contrast, our selection of available turtles and other reptiles varies widely.  Recently available turtles include Musks, African Muds, and Florida Snapping Turtles.  We sometimes have captive bred Florida Corn Snakes available.  Occasionally, exotic snakes are available.  We have a number of breeding initiatives underway.  One example is our new breeding pair of Egyptian tortoises. We also have initiated breeding projects for some select lizards such as the Columbian Tegu. Stay tuned for updates on these.

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Our new Redfoot Ranch location in Alice, TX

Except for very large shipments (e.g., adult spurthighs), all of our live animal shipment is via FEDEX Priority Overnight. We use insulated packaging that is specifically designed for live reptile shipping. Heat/cool packs are included when required.

Shipping Rates

For each shipment, we determine a Weight-Size value. There are four weight-size values (Standard, Standard Plus, Oversized, and Oversized Plus). These are tabulated below as a function of purchase quantity by size.

Animal SizeStandard ($65)Standard Plus ($80)Oversized ($115)Oversized Plus ($140)
Small1, 2, or 34,5,6>6n/a
Shipping Weight-Size Categories

We do not currently ship outside of the US and, because of costs tied to other government regulations, shipments to Hawaii and Puerto Rico must be manually determined. Also, our shipping rates are also higher to Alaska (Standard: $90; Standard Plus: $120; Oversized: $140; and Oversized Plus: $200).

The vast majority of of orders are for “small” animals. For example, any hatchling, jumbo hatchling, or yearling tortoise is a small shipping size. As tabulated above, buyers can save on shipping by buying multiple animals in a single order. For example, the shipping cost for an order of 1, 2, or 3 redfoot hatchlings is $65 to anywhere in the continental US.