Discover The Galápagos turtles Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

Though it is thanks to finches that Darwin could establish his theory of evolution, he was nonetheless stunned by the size of the giant turtles that he encountered on the islands.

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    Galápagos turtles

    The enormous Galápagos turtles have become the symbol of the island. These survivors of forgotten times can weigh up to 400 kg and live for nearly 200 years!

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    A Galápagos tortoise in the water

    Galápagos tortoises love taking refuge close to water and are capable of travelling long distances to reach it.

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    Tortoises in their natural habitat

    Galápagos tortoises have a solid shell which enables them to pull their neck in when they sense danger and huge feet which has earned them the nickname 'elephantine tortoises'.

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    A giant Galápagos tortoise

    The Galápagos tortoise is one of the most impressive reptiles in the world.

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    One Galápagos tortoise of thousands on the Ga

    Seven species of tortoise have now been identified on the Galápagos islands, which are home to a total of 15,000 tortoises.

    © © Popescu Iacob Emanuel / age fotostock
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    A tortoise enjoying its meal!

    Galápagos tortoises are herbivorous and frugivorous and mainly feed on fresh grass.

    © © Staffan Widstrand / age fotostock
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