Great and Wise Giant Tortoise

Aldabra giant tortoise is a species of one of the largest land tortoise in the world. It is endemic to the island of Aldabra, really vulnerable species. Some giant tortoises can live up to the 150 years in captivity. The age of the oldest representative of this species that died in 2006 was approximately 150-250 years.

Great and Wise Giant Tortoise

Giant tortoise is very large with trunklike legs and small head comparatively to the whole body. The carapace reaches 50 inches maximum, and usually is no longer than 40 inches. As most of reptiles they lay eggs. It is one of the largest species of land tortoises.

Great and Wise Giant Tortoise

On Aldabra island giant tortoises of different population are different in shapes and sizes. Some scientists view these populations as subspecies.
It is amazing and a little bit scary that giant tortoises are the only species on our planet the appearance of which haven’t changed for the last 200 million years. They literally take advantage from every moment of their life. Giant tortoises are slow and their life runs long and slowly.

Great and Wise Giant Tortoise

Seychelles can be proud of the real sightseeing on the archipelago – the giant tortoises that can be found, for example, even on the territory of some hotels. These tortoises often weigh more than 662 lbs, and are more than 45 inches in length. The tortoise long-liver inhabits one of the Seychelles islands and is registered in the Guinness World Records. This giant tortoise is more than 150 years old and weighs – 660 lbs. The most entertaining thing for tourists is to hand-feed the tortoises. They have a special menu from leaves and tortoises love them so much that they willingly eat from hands. Despite their heavy weight giant tortoises aren’t dangerous for people at all, because they can’t run as fast as we do and human flesh is not a part of their diet.
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