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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Chelonia
Family:Testudinidae
Genus:Geochelone
Genus species:Geochelone elephantopus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:182 cm
Weight:227 kg
Identification:The carapace (shell) shape of the Galapagos tortoise varies by habitat.
Habitat:Tropical deciduous forests, scrub forests, savannas, and grasslands
Diet:Herbivore: prickly pear cactus, fruit, bromelids, water ferns, grasses, leaves
Reproduction:Galapagos tortoises mate from January to August. The female lays 2-16 eggs that are incubated underground for 4-8 months. It takes the hatchlings a month to dig their way out of the burrow. This species can live to be over 100 years old.
A dominance hierarchy is formed based on the height that the head can be stretched.
Status:Threatened: hunted by humans, competition from introduced species
Interesting Facts:Only 15,000 Galapagos tortoises are left in the wild. They are the largest living tortoise species.

Other Information

Geographic:Galapagos Islands Date:1981-10 Subjects:herptile
Galapagos tortoise
turtle
reptile
Geochelone
Testudinidae
Turtles
Reptiles
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata