Galapagos Tortoise

Galapagos Tortoise

Chelonoidis nigra

Galapagos tortoises are the largest living tortoises, moving slowly at a rate of 0.16 miles per hour (0.26 kph). When male tortoises battle one another, rather than physically fighting, they will open their mouths and stretch their heads as high up as possible. Regardless of who is the larger tortoise, the tortoise that can stretch the highest usually wins. 

Because the Galápagos Islands have a long, dry season, these tortoises have adapted by being able to store food and water for up to a year at a time! Also, in order to keep warm during cool nights, these tortoises will half submerge themselves in pools of water or mud. 

DIET:  Prickly pear cactus, fruits, flowers, water ferns, leaves, and grasses. 


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