Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Aldabra Tortoise


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Aldabrachelys gigantea
PROFILE:

The Aldabra tortoise is the second largest land tortoise in the world, the largest being the Galapagos tortoise. Aldabra tortoises were hunted to near extinction, but significant conservation efforts in the Seychelles have led to a dramatic increase in their population, upping their status from endangered to vulnerable. Depending on the season, these tortoises may be tucked indoors for the winter or grazing in their yard if it is warm.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Reptile, Testudines (turtles and tortoises)
NATIVE TO:
Seychelles (Aldabra Atoll); introduced to Mauritius
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Vulnerable
DIET:
Herbivore, but occaisonally scavenges on carrion.
LIFESPAN:
Up to 70+ years, record is 152 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Solitary; small groups or herds
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