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Galapagos Tortoise

Galapagos tortoises are world’s largest living tortoises found in the Galapagos Islands off the Ecuadorian coast. They are the longest living vertebrates. They are known to be quiet, peaceful and lazy creatures. The reptile is herbivore.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Chelonoidis
    Scientific Name Chelonoidis nigra


    Other Names Galápagos Giant Tortoise
    Size Up to around 1.8 m
    Weight Male: 272 – 317 kg
    Female: 136 – 181 kg
    Color Dull brown carapace
    Distribution Galápagos Islands
    Habitat Small, dry lowland islands
    Diet Cacti, grasses, leaves,  berries, lichens,  oranges, melons, milkweed
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during winter
    Predators Hawks feed on eggs and newborn; cats, dogs, pigs and rats feed on eggs
    Breeding Season Anytime of the year but peaks during the rainy season between February and June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 8 to 17
    Incubation Period 3 to 8 months
    Reproductive Age 20 to 25 years of age
    Average Lifespan More than 100 years in the wild
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on October 7th 2016 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 16th August 2018.

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