ALDABRA GIANT TORTOISE

Aldabrachelys gigantea
Aldabra tortoises are found both individually and in groups
called a creep, which tend to gather mostly on open
grasslands. They are most active in the mornings when
they spend time browsing for food. They dig underground
burrows or rest in swamps to keep cool during the heat of the
day. While they are characteristically slow and cautious, they
are capable of appreciable speed. They are also known to
attempt perilous acrobatic feats, rising precariously on their
hind legs to reach low branches. Their native range is on the
Island of Aldabra in the Indian Ocean.

DIET

Primarily herbivores, Aldabra giant tortoises eat grasses,
leaves, and woody plant stems. They occasionally indulge
in small invertebrates and carrion, even eating the bodies of
other dead tortoises. In captivity, they are known to consume
fruits such as apples and bananas, as well as compressed
vegetable pellets.woody plant stems.

FAST FACTS

Size: 3 – 4 feet length
Weight: 350 – 500 lbs
Lifespan: Over 200 years in
the wild.

CONSERVATION STATUS

VULNERABLE