BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo - The #1 Family Year-Round Attraction in Baton Rouge! Aldabra Tortoise. A Close Second The Aldabra tortoise is second only to the Galapagos tortoise as the biggest land tortoise in the world.
Aldabra tortoises can weigh more than 500 pounds, with a shell more than five feet long. Now that's big! Body Armor Males are larger than females, but all Aldabra tortoises share the same basic appearance. What's for Dinner? Despite their appearance, Aldabra tortoises are not fearsome predators. While plants are their favorite type of food, Aldabra tortoises also eat the dead, decaying flesh of crabs and other tortoises. Abracadabra -- Baby Aldabras! February to May is the breeding season for Aldabra tortoises. The female lays between four and 14 eggs (each about two inches in diameter). Between three and six months after they're laid, the eggs hatch. Cooling Off These tortoises are active during the day.
Changing Fortunes. Aldabra tortoise - Philadelphia Zoo. Aldabra Tortoise. The Aldabra is the second largest species of tortoise, being only slightly smaller than the tortoise found on the Galapagos Islands, and comprises the world’s largest population of giant tortoises.
STATUS: Thanks to renowned naturalist Charles Darwin, who successfully petitioned for the protection of these shy, slow-moving creatures, the Aldabra tortoise still survives in its Indian Ocean home. However, the species is listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) because its small home islands are at risk of natural disasters and human development. HABITAT: The Aldabra tortoises’ home territory is on the Aldabra Atoll (a group of coral islands surrounding a lagoon) in the Seychelles Islands of the Indian Ocean. There are several different habitats for the tortoises on the Atoll, including mangrove swamps, scrub and coastal dunes. The largest numbers of tortoises, however, are found in the islands’ grasslands. Living Tractors. Aldabra Tortoise. Animals Reptiles & Amphibians Aldabrachelys gigantea The Aldabra tortoise is the second largest land tortoise in the world, the largest being the Galapagos tortoise.
Aldabra tortoises were hunted to near extinction, but significant conservation efforts in the Seychelles have led to a dramatic increase in their population, upping their status from endangered to vulnerable. Depending on the season, these tortoises may be tucked indoors for the winter or grazing in their yard if it is warm. Reptile, Testudines (turtles and tortoises) Seychelles (Aldabra Atoll); introduced to Mauritius Vulnerable Herbivore, but occaisonally scavenges on carrion. Up to 70+ years, record is 152 years Solitary; small groups or herds. Atlanta Zoo. Sea World. Smithsonian Institute. Aldabra Tortoise Taxonomy Order: Chelonia Family: Testudinidae Genus/species: Geochelone gigantea Description These are one of the largest land tortoises although the Galapagos tortoise may be larger.
Large size may be due to the lack of predation and isolation over many thousands of years. The male’s carapace length may measure four feet (1.22 m) and they may weigh up to 550 pounds (250 kg). The female’s carapace may measure three feet (91 cm) and weigh 350 pounds (159 kg). Distribution and Habitat They are found on Aldabra Island, which is northeast of Madagascar in Indian Ocean. Aldabra Island is a coral atoll rimmed by jagged limestone and small beaches; it encloses a large mangrove-bordered lagoon. Diet in the Wild Aldabra tortoises are mainly grazers and browsers that feed on grasses and woody plants. Zoo Diet They are fed salad and hay six days per week in the winter months. Life Span They can reach ages of more than 100 years. Status They are listed on CITES Appendix II. Turtle & Tortoise. People and turtles Sometimes people build roads, homes, and hotels at the edges of lakes, rivers, and seas where turtles come to lay their eggs.
This can really confuse turtles, and they may not lay eggs as a result; that, of course, means fewer baby turtles. Trash in the oceans, like fishing nets and lines and plastic bags, can entangle and kill sea turtles. Slow-moving tortoises are easily caught for food or as “pets.” Chinese people eat enormous quantities of turtles; more than 10 million turtles are exported to China and 180 million Chinese softshell turtles are farm raised each year for consumption in China. All over the world, habitats are being destroyed or polluted. Help is on the way So what’s being done?