Aldabra or Galapagos Tortoise are the 2 largest tortoises in the entire world.
They are dark gray to black in color with a highly domed thick carapace.
Aldabra tortoises also have a very long neck to aid in food gathering.
CITES listing: Class II (01/07/1975)
Aldabra Giant Tortoises are found mostly in aldabra atoll (a small group of coral islands in the Indian Ocean), in Seychelles Islandsome in Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion & Tanzania
Breeding season occurs from January to April
In courting, the male batters his shell against a female a dozen or more times and he makes a deep, trumpeting call when mating
After carrying the fertilized ova for about ten weeks, the female digs a hole in the ground and lay eggs
Lays between 9-25 eggs of which less than half are fertile
The incubation period ranges from 73 to 160 days with the young emerging during an eight-week period coinciding with the beginning of the wet season
Adult can grow up to approximately 48 inches (1.2 meters) in length, 550 lbs (250 kgs) for males
Female tortoises are approx. 36 inches (0.9 meter) in length, 350 lbs (160 kgs).
Over 80 years
Oldest recorded age is 255 years old tortoise
Herbivorous (plant-eating); Vegetables
Occasionally small invertebrates and carrion
Their main foods to be Grasses, Dark Leafy Greens (e.g. dandelions, mustards, collards, turnips, kales), occasionally foods to be Pears, Carrots, Peaches, Apples (with skin), Beans (with skin), Peas (with skin), Almonds, Tomatos, High quality canned reptile, dog or cat food, etc
Terrestrial; the semi-arid islands have coral limestone beaches and mangroves along their borders.
Cage should be large enough
Adults Aldabra are recommended to be housed outdoors in most time of the year
With Soil, fine sand or compressed paper granules as substrate, 12 – 14 hours each day with direct natural sunlight or UV lamp, low to mid humidity
Best temperature at 25 – 35°C
A big water dish to be left in the cage sometimes but not all the time
If possibllites include caves as hidding place etc