Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Vertebrata
Class Reptilia
Order Testudines
Suborder Cryptodira
Superfamily Testudinoidea
Family Testudinidae
Genus Aldabrachelys
Species A. gigantae
Scientific Name Aldabrachelys gigantea

Aldabra Giant TortoiseOther Names

Tortue Géante, Tortue Géante D’Aldabra, Tortuga Gigante De Aldabra

Aldabra Giant Tortoise Description

  • The Aldabra giant tortoise is one of the largest tortoises in the world.
  • It has a very long neck.

Size & Weight

Adults:

Male

  • TOTAL LENGTH: 122 cm
  • WEIGHT: 250 kg

Female

  • TOTAL LENGTH: 91 cm
  • WEIGHT: 159 kg

Subspecies

Aldabra giant tortoise, Arnold’s giant tortoise, Daudin’s giant tortoise, Seychelles giant tortoise

Habitat

Grasslands, low scrub, mangrove swamps, coastal dunes, platins

Range

Islands of Aldabra and the Seychelles (Indian Ocean), Curieuse and Fregat

Diet

Grasses, leaves, woody plant stems, apples, bananas, carrion

Reproduction

9 – 25 eggs

Egg-laying Period

February – May

Incubation Period

240 days

Hatching Period

107 days

Conservation Status

Vulnerable