Showing posts with label The largest turtle on Earth.. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The largest turtle on Earth.. Show all posts

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The largest turtle on Earth

The giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea), lives in the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles. There they lived thousands of years peaceful, no predators, their population was only limit point of the island vegetation. But not only vegetarian, are also able to eating meat. Is known to have eaten carrion, and small invertebrates and even other dead turtles. Without the danger of predators, therefore, could be large and growing, exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight and 120 ( 4 ft.) cm shell diameter.

Furthermore, its slow metabolism, is able to live many years. There are specimens exceeding 165 years and is known of some who have exceeded 190. However, and this is in my opinion, it looks 1000 years even when young.

Another interesting about is the time when it is sexually mature. A specimen of giant tortoise may be sexually mature when it reaches half its size. We, for example, when we reach a certain stage of life can already be sexually mature. It is a stage in which some of us have been "growth spurt" and some do not. In turtles not pass this.

It has a sturdy and strong legs able to move his heavy body. A shell that as the years pass, is increasing thick, bumpy increasingly pronounced. The neck is really long.

Let me tell you one thing that as animal lovers, we dislike. This turtle, the giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea), is the largest turtle on Earth. But the position of the largest, did not get it until last year, when the Galapagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) disappeared, a turtle that became extinct in 2012, when the last specimen died in the National Park of the Galapagos Islands. This species could reach 400 kg (881 lb) and 1.90 m ( 6 ft.) in diameter ... but to tell you the truth, the size of this turtle is not what catches my attention. But the irresponsibility that as a species we are finishing with all the others.