Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Galapagos Tortoise


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Chelonoidis nigra
PROFILE:

Galápagos tortoises have 11 existing subspecies. They are distinguished by different features that are adaptations for the habitats of the different islands on which they can be found. Our Galápagos tortoises are young; as they get older, they might reach lengths of 5-6 feet, be as tall as 5 feet, and weigh well over 500 pounds! In the spring we move these tortoises from their winter yard across the path to their summer home in ZooNorth.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Reptile, Testudines (turtles and tortoises)
NATIVE TO:
Galapagos Islands
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Varies depending on subspecies (extinct, extinct in wild, critically endangerd, endangered, and vulnerable are all listed).
DIET:
Herbivore
LIFESPAN:
Up to 150+ years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Groups with a dominance heirarchy
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