The Aldabra giant tortoise is a reptile living. This animal lives is on a little atoll about 250 miles north of Madagascar, the Aldabra atoll and roughly the same distance east of Africa. This atoll provides their name to the Aldabra tortoises. Aldabra tortoises, like lots of tortoises, have flat feet and legs. This helps them keep from sinking. Aldabra giant tortoises are not scared of humans they appear to be indifferent to the existence of humans. Aldabra giant tortoises are very big, as their name suggests. They're, the biggest land tortoises in the world, in fact, smaller than the Galapagos giant tortoise.
Males are bigger than females, but this females are sill large. Males typically weigh about 550 pounds, whilst the females average about 350 pounds. From the shell into the mind of the shell's end, men are around 4 feet long. Females are about 35 inches in the same dimension. Some people can be a lot bigger than the sizes mentioned. One man at Fort Worth Zoological park weighed into 793 lbs. This is over FOUR TIMES the burden of the adult human. Who'd have believed a tortoise could weight 4 times as much ! - Aldabra tortoises have been omnivores, eating both animals and plants.
These animals are grazers, similar to cows. They eat whenever they're hungry and aren't picky eaters. They can extend their necks to allow them to reach food that's over three feet above the ground. Occasionally these turtles will supplement their diet with insects and even carrion. Unlike some reptiles, Aldabra giant tortoises have been unable to obtain all their water through their food, so that they must drink water regularly. Scrub forests, swamps, beaches, and plains have been all home to these reptiles. Even the IUCN lists this Aldabra tortoise as vulnerable. Throughout the 1600 to 1800 s, sailors exploring the.Indian Ocean would use these tortoises as an essential food source, killing them and storing their meat into these ships hold for later use.
Today, threats into these reptiles include habitat destruction, predators, and competition for food. Even the two main predators for Aldabra giant tortoises have been rats and cats. You might wonder how such a large animal can fall prey to creatures so much smaller that it, but keep in mind that tortoises can't move extremely fast. Goats, although not predators of those tortoises, have been threats into them because they take away this tortoises food.