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Aldabra Giant Tortoise

One of the largest tortoises in the world, the Aldabra Giant Tortoise is a species of ‘vulnerable’ reptile found in four subspecies in a very limited region in the world’s second largest coral atoll Aldabra, located in the Republic of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Aldabrachelys
    Species A. gigantea
    Scientific Name Aldabrachelys gigantea

    Length/Size Average carapace 122 cm (48 in)
    Weight 250 kg (550 lb)
    Body Coloration Dark gray, with the shell being beige to grayish beige
    Range/Distribution Seychelles
    Habitat Grassy fields and meadows
    Diet/Food Grasses, leaves of different plant species, and woody plant stems
    Breeding Season February to May
    Clutch Size 9 and 25 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on November 19th 2018 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 1st June 2019.

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