3d art render of a Galapagos Tortoise.

Made with Bryce 3d.

Galapagos tortoise,

Geochelone elephantopus. There are 14 described subspecies of the Galapagos tortoise of which 11 still exist, some with only small populations. There are “dome-shelled” and “saddle-backed” Galapagos tortoises. Where ground vegetation is the main source of food the animals are dome-shelled. Those that feed on higher growing cactus have a curved shell front to allow their longer neck to reach the pads.

Galapagos tortoises vary in size from 29 inches (shell length) and 60 pounds to 4 feet and 700 pounds. There is little variation in color, overall dull-brown being standard. The male has concave underside, which facilitates mating.


9,000 TO 10,000 TORTOISES SURVIVE ON THE Galapagos archipelago, 600 miles west of Ecuador. Ancestors of these reptiles may have floated there on clumps of vegetation disgorged from rivers of the continent. Another species of giant tortoise is found on the Indian Ocean island of Aldabra off East Africa.


The giant tortoise leads a generally peaceful, lazy life. He wakes up between 7:00 and 8:00 in the morning and basks in the sun as his bulky body warms. The rest of the day he spends grazing and browsing. The tortoise retires at 4 or 5 in the afternoon, spending the cool night half submerged in mud or water or burrowed into dense brush. This keeps the tortoise warm and the conserved body heat probably aids digestion.

Tortoises have symbiotic relationships with other animals, such as between the tortoise and the finch. The tortoise will extend its neck to allow the finch to pick off ticks.


The Galapagos tortoise is a generalized herbivore feeding on grasses, vines, cactus fruit, and other vegetation. It eats the fruit of the manzanello tree and fallen fruits and spiny pads of the prickly pear. In the zoo they eat natural grasses, bananas, apples, papayas and lettuce.


  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 5 years ago

    He’s a beauty great work Walter.

  • Thank you Steven.

    – Walter Colvin

  • crazy
    crazyover 5 years ago

    Nice job

  • Thank you very much your comments are appreciated.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Dave Law
    Dave Lawover 5 years ago

    Another beautiful work Walter well done.

  • Thank very much Dave.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 5 years ago

    Fantastic work Walter!! You excel at these wildlife renders!! :)

  • Thank you Kreesor, wildlife is what I like to do Best.

    When I painted with oil, wildlife is what I did the most. I got $2000.00 for one of my oil paintings. I will not get that much for my 3d art, but I like doing it.

    – Walter Colvin

  • frogster
    frogsterover 5 years ago

    Wonderful work on this Walt

  • Thank you Larry.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Rosina  Lamberti
    Rosina Lambertiover 5 years ago

    stunning work

  • Thank you very much Rosina, your comments are appreciated.

    – Walter Colvin

    IMAGES2VIEWover 5 years ago

    Outstanding work!

  • Thank you very much, your comments are appreciated

    – Walter Colvin

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Moorealmost 4 years ago

    12/3/10 one a day with a limit of 20

  • Thank you Karen.

    – Walter Colvin

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