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Galápagos tortoise

Chelonoidis nigra


This one is found on the island of Santa Cruz on a private ranch. 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. Shell size and shape vary between populations. On islands with humid highlands, the tortoises are larger, with domed shells and short necks - on islands with dry lowlands, the tortoises are smaller, with "saddleback" shells and long necks. Charles Darwin's observations of these differences on the second voyage of the Beagle in 1835, contributed to the development of his theory of evolution.

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1 Comment

CariRitzenthaler 8 years ago

Aw I love him!

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Provincia de Galápagos, Ecuador

Spotted on Jan 23, 2013
Submitted on Feb 6, 2013

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