Kingdom : Animalia
                         Class : Reptilia
                      Family : Testudinidae
                       Genus : Geochelone 

       Scientific Name : Geochelone 
                                       gigantea
                       Group : Reptile
                      Colour : Black, Brown, Tan
                 Skin Type : Scales

                      Size(L) : 90cm - 120cm 
                                        (3ft - 4ft)
                      Weight : 150kg - 250kg 
                                        (330lbs - 550lbs)
                Top Speed : 0.5kph (0.3mph)
                 Life Span : 80 - 255 years
Distinctive Features : Large, high-domed 
                                      shell 
                  Fun Fact : One got to be
                                      255 years old!
  1. The Aldabra Giant Tortoise is one of largest tortoises in the animal kingdom.
  2. They are also known as the world’s longest living animals.
  3. They are found in the grasslands and swamps of Seychelles Island chain in Indian Ocean.
  4. Of the giant tortoise species in the Indian Ocean, they are the only species to be alive.
  5. They have huge dome-shaped shells to protect their soft bodies underneath.
  6. The males are slightly bigger than the females but weigh a good 100kgs more than them.
  7. They move slowly with their thick, short legs and flat feet.
  8. The Aldabra Giant Tortoise are mostly active in the mornings while looking for food.
  9. They are known to be unafraid of humans thereby being easy hunts for human settlers.
  10. They breed and the females lay around 25 eggs between February and May.
  11. The eggs usually hatch on arrival of the monsoons, after an 8-month incubation.
  12. They grow very slowly and have an average life span of 80 to 120 years.
  13. They are herbivorous animals feeding on different herb species and grass.
  14. The Aldabra Giant Tortoise had no real predators in the wild due to their huge size.
  15. The domestic animals introduced by humans, predated on the Aldabra Giant tortoise.
  16. The climatic changes and the resulting increase in sea levels are their biggest threats today.

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