Shellscape of a giant tortoise.

caradione

Ashwood, Australia

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I have such a great fondness of the Giant Tortoise and very much enjoyed being able to photograph one up close.
Below you will find some information taken from the zoos Victoria page if you would like to learn more about these wonderful creatures please follow the link below.

Image captured at the Melbourne zoo
Canon 5d mark II

This is the only remaining giant tortoise species to still survive in the wild. Captive breeding programs are in place to try to increase numbers. A visit to the Zoo is an opportunity to learn more about the plight of Aldabra Giant Tortoises in the wild and be inspired to take action to contribute to the protection and preservation of this species.

They are found on the islands of Aldabra atoll in the Seychelles but have been introduced elsewhere.

They may grow to over 1 metre in length, although females are smaller, with their shell (carapace) being up to 80cm. Adult males weigh up to 250 kg and females up to 150 kg.

They are land animals; they live in grassy plains and scrub and mangrove swamp areas. They eat grass and herbs, leaves and woody stems.

Their ‘shell’ (carapace) is grey to black. A tortoise’s head and limbs are protected by bony scales.

The female may lay up to 25 eggs. Many of the eggs are infertile and they are sometimes crushed by their mother as she lays the eggs, so often only a few eggs survive to hatch.

- See more at: http://www.zoo.org.au/melbourne/animals/giant-t...

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