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The Galápagos tortoise or Galápagos giant tortoise is the largest living species of tortoise and 10th-heaviest living reptile, reaching weights of over 400 kg and lengths of over 1.8 meters . With life spans in the wild of over 100 years, it is one of the longest-lived vertebrates. A captive individual lived at least 170 years.

The tortoise is native to seven of the Galápagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago about 1,000 km west of the Ecuadorian mainland. Spanish explorers,.. more

Similar species: Turtles And Tortoises
Species identified by Scott Staley
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By Scott Staley

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Uploaded Nov 9, 2012. Captured Mar 9, 2011 15:55.
  • NIKON D40
  • f/5.6
  • 1/60s
  • ISO400
  • 185mm