Project Description

(Aldabrachelys gigantea)

The Aldabra Tortoise is found on the Aldabra Islands, northeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Its habitat is grasslands, scrublands, and swamps. As one of the largest land tortoises in its environment, the Aldabra performs a role similar to that of the elephant. Unlike most tortoises, Aldabra tortoises are also good swimmers.

Their vigorous search for food fells trees and creates pathways used by other animals. These tortoises will use mud to protect themselves against mosquitoes.

Giant tortoises will sleep an average of 18 hours in a 24-hour period.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Aldabra Islands in the Indian Ocean

Weight: 350 - 500 lbs

Size: 42 - 48 inches length

Lifespan: 100 - 150 years in the wild

Diet: The Aldabra Tortoise eats grasses, leaves, and woody plant stems.

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

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