About the Galapagos Giant Tortoise   Leave a comment

The giant tortoise is probably the best known of all Galapagos animals and even gave the archipelago its name; ‘Galapago’ means tortoise in Spanish and may derive from the word for saddle, referring to the distinctive saddle-like shell of some of the tortoises. Galapagos giant tortoises can weigh up to 250 kg and live for more than 100 years. They are thought to belong to just one species, Geochelone elephantopus, with 14 different races or sub-species, three of which are believed to be extinct.

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Posted March 28, 2009 by sangay in GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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