What Does a Galapagos Tortoise Look Like?
by James C.
I've heard a lot about Galapagos giant tortoises and would like to know what does a Galapagos tortoise look like and its main characteristics?
And also why these giant tortoises were named Galapagos?
The Galapagos tortoise has the shape of a saddle. The word Galapago
means tortoise in Spanish it derives from the word for saddle, referring to the distinctive saddle-like shell of some of the tortoises.
The Giant Galapagos tortoise can weigh up to 250 kg. and measure 6 feet from head to tail.
The Galapagos tortoise has a very large shell made of bone. The shell can be domed or saddle-backed. 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.