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Aldabra Giant Tortoise

Aldabra Giant Tortoise

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Scientific Name:

Geochelone gigantea


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


Lifespan: 150


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:

  1. Aldabras are the world’s second-largest tortoise species.
  2. They are excellent swimmers, being naturally buoyant.
  3. Giant Tortoises are the longest living vertebrate animals.
  4. They knock over small trees and shrubs to obtain leaves.
  5. It is noted that most mating attempts are not successful.

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