The Aldabra giant tortoise, from the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles, is one of the largest tortoises in the world. The carapace is a brown or tan color with a high domed shape. It has stocky, heavily scaled legs to support its heavy body. The neck of the Aldabra giant tortoise is very long, even for its great size, which helps the animal to exploit tree branches up to a meter from the ground as a food source.
The featured tortoise is Rocket, a 600+ pound male. He was spotted at Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum, and is on loan from Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, KS. They are renovating their herpetarium and will feature a brand new Aldabra tortoise exhibit once it's completed. Until that time, Rocket needed a place to stay and Tulsa has been his temporary home since July 2009. The third image shows him with a female that weighs around 175 pounds.
Lat: 36.15, Long: -95.99
Spotted on Nov 9, 2009
Submitted on Jun 22, 2012
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