Aldabra Giant Tortoise (Aldabrachelys Gigantea)

Conservation status

IUCN: Red List: Vulnerable

Key Descriptions

This species is originally from the Aldabra Atoll, located in the Indian Ocean, with a population of over 150,000 wild tortoises. It has also been introduced on the Seychelles, & on other islands including Reunion, Mauritius & Zanzibar. It is mainly vegetarian & feeds on grasses & leaves of low-lying plants.

Habitat

Vegetation is scarce in this dry & inhospitable land on the Aldabra Atoll Seychelles archipelago, & the tortoises mainly live in mangrove forests, where they find both shade & shelter, & areas close to the large central lagoon, covered by large extensions of grass.

Social Life

The Aldabra Tortoise is an early riser & is most active during the daytime. It starts its morning by looking for food in the open expanses of grasslands or searches for dead/decaying matter in swampy marshes. This species engages in a number of activities like mating, eating, sleeping, stretching, walking. While lumbering around, with their heads lowered, they closely crop the grass & other vegetation with their powerful jaws, leaving a tell-tale path where they have grazed upon. They can be found both individually or in herds where plenty of food is present.

Fun Facts

Diet

Fruits & Vegetables

Key Information

Origin:Indian Ocean
Size:Up to 140cm
Weight:Up to 250kg
Lifespan:More then 100years

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