There were originally fifteen different subspecies of Galapagos giant tortoise each evolved to suit the conditions on the different islands.



Picture of a Galapagos TortoiseOrder: Testudines

Family: Testudinidae

Species: Chelonoidis nigra

Distribution: Galapagos Islands

Description: High convex shell and tough scales over legs. Feet are not webbed unlike turtles.

Size: Length - 1.5m (5ft) Weight: 140-180kg (300-400lbs)

Life Span: At least 100 years.

Diet: Grass, leaves and cacti.


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