|Aldabra giant tortoise
from Aldabra atoll in the Seychelles.
A tortoise is a reptile of the order Testudines which lives on land. Like their aquatic cousins, the sea turtles, tortoises are shielded from predators by a shell. They move slowly, and eat vegetation. Most are quite small, but island tortoises have several times evolved to a large size: those on the Galapagos are famous. Darwin made one of his rare mistakes when he did not note which island each of them came from. Later it became clear that they were slightly different on different islands.
Further reading[change | change source]
- Chambers, Paul. A sheltered life: the unexpected history of the giant tortoise. John Murray (Publishers), London. 2004. ISBN 0-7195-6528-6.
- Gerlach, Justin. Giant tortoises of the Indian Ocean. Chimiara publishers, Frankfurt. 2004
Gallery[change | change source]
A baby Testudo marginata emerges from its shell
Galápagos tortoise on Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos Islands
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Testudinidae.|
|Wikispecies has information on: Testudinidae.|
- Gulf Coast Turtle and Tortoise Society* Tortoise World - Several Types of Tortoises
- Chelonia: Conservation and Care of Turtles.