Up Close And Personal With A Giant Tortoise In The Galapagos

Al Bourassa

Andalucia, Colombia

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The Galápagos tortoise or Galápagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) is the largest living species of tortoise and the 13th-heaviest living reptile, reaching weights of over 400 kg (880 lb) and lengths of over 1.8 meters (5.9 ft). 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.
This fellow happens to be one of the larger and older chaps.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal%C3%A1pagos_tor... for more information please.
The tortoise is native to seven of the Galápagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago about 1,000 km (620 mi) west of the Ecuadorian mainland. Spanish explorers, who discovered the islands in the 16th century, named them after the Spanish galápago, meaning tortoise.
This artwork is derived from a photograph taken February 16, 2013 on Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands belonging to Ecuador.
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