Aldabra Giant Tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea)

Appearance
Named after the Seychelles atoll 'Aldabra', this huge Tortoise grows to 4' (120cm) long and weighs approximately 39 stone (250kg). There are over 100,000 Aldabra Giant Tortoise on the atol, due to conservation efforts.

Longevity
A record is held by an Aldabra Giant Tortoise of Kolkata zoo, India. Records show that it was a gift to 'Clive of India' in 1875 and it died in 2006, aged 255 years.

Predators
None. Man used to be a predator of Giant Tortoise and many other species are extinct, due to this.

Behaviour
Females lay up to 25 eggs in a shallow dip, between February and May. Incubation is up to 220 days, or sooner, if the weather is warm and only half the eggs hatch. The young are completely independent of their parents and require no nurturing. Larger Aldabra Tortoise can stand on their back legs to eat from higher branches and often topple over, resulting in death.

Diet
A particular grass grows on Aldabra, which makes its seeds at the bottom of the plant, due to the Tortoise heavy cropping. In addition to grass, they eat leaves, plant stems, as well as insects and carrion, including their own dead. They require very little water, gaining most liquid from their vegetable diet.

Photographs
The images were taken in Kenya's 'Haller Park', Bamburi, north of Mombasa, where a number of these giant Tortoise are roaming freely.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Animals
Subcategory:Wildlife
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Keywords:aldabra giant tortoise, animal, bamburi, giant tortoise, haller park, kenya, tortoise, wildlife

Aldabra Giant Tortoise ~ Walking

Giant Aldabra Tortoise, face on, walking