Aldabra Tortoise - Blank Park Zoo

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Scientific Name:            Tortoise B
Geochelone gigantea
Class:              
Reptilia
Order:              
Chelonia
Family:                        
Testudinidae
Feeding Type:   
Herbivorous
Range:             
Seychelle, Aldabra Islands (Indian Ocean)
Habitat:                        
Warm, Tropical climate
Diet in the Wild:            
Plants
Diet at the Zoo: 
Free Feeding
Longevity:                     
Well over 50 years
Description:
Aldabra Tortoises are one of the largest tortoises, measuring up to 5 feet in length and 500 pounds. They have a dome-shaped carapace that is usually a light shade of brown. They have claws on their feet and leathery skin.
Adaptation/Behavior:
Aldabra Tortoises are terrestrial and have very regular habits. They can often go without food for weeks. Although they are usually quiet animals, they do make grunting noises. If their shell is damaged, it will regenerate as long as the spinal column is unharmed. When the day is too hot, these tortoises will cool off in the shade, or wallow in mud.
Courtship/Breeding:
Breeding season is from January to April. The female carries the eggs with her for about 10 weeks. About 9 to 25 tennis ball sized eggs are laid an buried in the ground. After an incubation period of about 125 days, the eggs hatch.
Conservation:    
Aldabra Tortoises are threatened with extinction. This is caused by the loss of habitat.

Interesting Facts

Our Animals

  • Have been known to knock over small trees and shrubs to obtain leaves.
  • 2 males and 3 females
  • The largest tortoise is estimated to be between 75 & 85 years old and the smallest tortoise is between 15 and 20 years old.
  • Barnaby, the oldest tortoise, has been at the Blank Park Zoo longer than any other animal at the Zoo
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