Galapagos tortoise

The Galapagos tortoise is the biggest species of tortoise that is still alive. The Galapagos tortoise as its name suggests is native to the Galapagos islands. They have a higher and wider shell than most other species of turtles and tortoises. They have a life span of roughly 100 years, however one individual lived to an age of 170 years. They can, like most other species of  tortoises can pull their heads, “arms”, legs and tails, into their shells. They can, and will most likely do this when they are feeling threatened.  Their legs are more short and stumpy than long and skinny, and they have dried and rather hard scaly feet, and also they actually have scales on their feet.

The Galapagos tortoise is a herbivorous animal. This means that they have a diet of strictly plants, berries and bushes. The Galapagos tortoise  feeds on things like cactuses, leaves off bushes and other plants, grasses, berries and lichens. They will usually eat 32-36kg of food everyday. They will also since they are cold blooded, need to warm up their blood. So they do this by sitting on a rock or hill where the sunlight can beam right down on them, seeping in through their cold dark shells. Adult males can weigh up to 272-317kg however the females weigh 136-181kg. Although they are not deaf they do rely on their sight and smell more than they do with their hearing.

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