About this object

The largest living tortoise. It can weigh over 200 kg and measure almost 2 m from head to tail. It is a very slow-moving animal, moving only 0.16 miles per hour. The Galapagos tortoise has a very large shell made of bone. The shell can be domed, saddle-backed, or somewhere inbetween. Domed shells are found on tortoises that live in areas with lush vegetation. Saddle-back shells allow the tortoise to reach vegetation higher off the ground. This shell is more common in areas with less vegetation.

Object specifics

  • Accession no.
  • Scientific name
    Geochelone elephantopus (ephippium?) (Gunther, 1875)
  • Classification
  • Common name
    Galapagos Giant Tortoise
  • Collector
  • Date collected
  • Place collected
    Americas: South America: Galápagos Islands [Ecuador]: Pizon Island
  • Measurements
  • Credit line
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Red Book Data status
    Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Natural Science
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