12 March 2019 - Amazing Facts About the Galapagos Giant Tortoise

Amazing Facts About 

the Galapagos Giant Tortoise

G'day folks,

Welcome to some interesting facts about a slow creature. 


Living up to its name, the Galapagos Giant Tortoise is the biggest tortoise in the world. They're also one of the laziest, sleeping for nearly 16 hours a day!

  • Giant Tortoises used to inhabit every continent except Antarctica.
  • Giant Galapagos Tortoises are not all the same, with almost every island of the Galapagos having its own subspecies.
  • The temperature that the eggs are incubated in determines whether they will gestate into males or females. A higher temperature means that more males will be born.

  • They can sleep for nearly 16 hours a day.
  • Their slow metabolism and ability to take on large volumes of water helps them survive for up to a year without eating or drinking.
  • Spanish sailors who discovered the archipelago named it after the abundant tortoises – Gal├ípago means tortoise in Spanish.


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