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Aldabra giant tortoise

Aldabrachelys gigantea/Dipsochelys dussumieri

Description:

Aldabra giant tortoise on Changuu Island, Zanzibar

Habitat:

Grassland, low scrub, mangroves

Notes:

Originally from the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles, this is one of the largest tortoises in the world. The average male is about 250 kg, with a carapace 120 cm in length. This isolated population was introduced to Zanzibar (Changuu Island) at the beginning of the 20th century. According to a local ranger this individual is about 100 years old. The 4th shot shows a tortoise dropping next to the photographer’s foot…

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9 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thanks Satyen and Ashish!

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Great spotting Daniele!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Thanks Daniele and Welecome for sharing such amazing Organisms....

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thank you Ashish! The most wonderful and humbling experience when you meet with one of these is to realize they are older than you!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

So beautiful...

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

The beach on Changuu Island was full of those:-)

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 7 years ago

It's an item I know all too well. I work with this species and have scooped up A LOT of those!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks Goody! That's the best I could think of rather than getting someone to take a picture of me next to the tortoise:-)

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 7 years ago

I love the 4th image. It wraps up the series nicely. ;-)

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Unguja Mjini Magharibi, Tanzania

Lat: -6.12, Long: 39.17

Spotted on Sep 16, 2001
Submitted on Apr 20, 2011

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