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Aldabran Tortoise

(Geochelonia gigantea)

Aldabran tortoises are the second largest species of tortoise in the world. Galapagos tortoises are the largest. Knoxville Zoo's oldest and biggest aldabran tortoise, Al, is well over 100 years old.

Tortoises like the Aldabran tortoise spend most of their time on land, where turtles tend to spend more time in the water. The Aldabran tortoise is a herbivore, which means it only eat plants.

Male Aldabran tortoises can weigh up to 550 pounds and average 4 feet in length. Female Aldabran tortoises can weigh up to 350 pounds and average 3 feet in length. They also have long necks, which aid in food gathering.

Order: Chelonia
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Geochelone
Species: gigantea
Range: Endemic to the Aldabran Islands
Longevity: Over 100 years