Galapagos Tortoise

Galapagos Tortoise

Scientific Name: Geochelone Nigra

Group: Turtles

Colour: Brown, Grey

Life Span: 100-150 years

Location: Galapagos Island

Predator: Human, Hawk, Wild dogs

Prey: Grass, Fruit, Cactus

Size: 1-1.2m (3.2-4ft)

Weight: 200-300kg (441-661lbs)

Top Speed: 0.5km/h (0.3mph)

Habitat: Volcanic lowlands and shrub land

The Galapagos tortoise (giant Galapagos tortoise) was first documented by Charles Darwin last century when he went on his trip to the Galapagos islands.
The Galapagos Tortoise is the biggest species of tortoise in the modern world with some Galapagos tortoises reaching more than 4ft long! The Galapagos tortoise is also one the longest living species of tortoise with a number of Galapagos tortoises getting older than 150!
The Galapagos tortoise, like most other species of tortoise, is a herbivore spending its time grazing on grass and low trees. Today only 10 out of the 12 Galapagos tortoise species still exist on the Pacific islands due to the introduction of goats a few hundred years ago.
The domestic goat, stripped the islands of their good foliage meaning that the Galapagos tortoise found it hard to find food. Today the Galapagos tortoise is most well known for their long necks, which make them look slightly like a dinosaur!
The Galapagos tortoise is a very quiet, peaceful and lazy animal with the Galapagos tortoise waking up early in the morning to bask in the sun until the enormous body of the Galapagos tortoise has warmed up. The Galapagos tortoise then spends the rest of its day foraging for food before retiring back to bed in the early hours of the evening where the Galapagos tortoise spends the night in shrub land or submerged in water.

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