Aldabra Atoll , Seychelles, Madagascar, Tanzania
Mainly herbivore. Grasses, flowers, fruit. Sometimes carrion.
Habitat: Grasslands, coastal dunes
Incubation: 4-14 eggs, incubation 3.5-8 months depending on the temperature of the nest.
Social structure: Large groups
Weight: 250kg max
Dimensions: 140cm max
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
Estimated population in the wild: 100,000
Threats: Destruction of habitat, illegal pet trade, introduction of predators (rats and cats) on eggs and hatchlings and competitors in grazing such as goats.
Did you know that:
- Aldabras are the world’s second-largest tortoise species.
- They are excellent swimmers, being naturally buoyant.
- Giant Tortoises are the longest living vertebrate animals.
- They knock over small trees and shrubs to obtain leaves.
- It is noted that most mating attempts are not successful.