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Animals & Habitats
Aldabra Tortoise
Scientific Name
Aldabrachelys gigantea
Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles (just above the Island of Madagascar)
Conservation Status

One of the Largest Tortoises

While the Galapagos Tortoise just edges out this species as the largest, the Aldabra Tortoise reaches weights of over 500 pounds for males and over 300 pounds for females.

Opportunistic Nutrition

This large tortoise is adaptable and opportunistic, and will consume small invertebrates as well as carrion if its customary vegetation is not available. In their native habitats, they are known to knock down shrubs and favored trees to obtain leaves. They are the largest animal species in their range, and are a keystone species for seed dispersal. Seeds passing through their feces becomes nutrition for other species.