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Turtles and Tortoises
In what country do galapagos tortoises live?
Do galapagos tortoises live on the galapagos islands?
Where do Galapagos Turtles live?
They're called "Galapagos Tortoises," and they live in the Galapagos Islands, a set of 13 major islands and many smaller inlets that are located west of Equador in South America. Note that tortoises are commonly confused for turtles. Turtles are water-dwelling, omnivorous, and have flat shells, and tortoises are land-dwelling, vegetarian, and have domed shells.
Is the Galapagos Turtle real?
Yes! They are called "Galapagos tortoises," by the way. They live in the Galapagos Islands, which are 13 main islands and many smaller islands, all of which are off the coast of Equador in South America. Galapagos tortoises are huge, the biggest tortoises alive today, getting to be up to 660 lbs (300 kg)! They eat about 70 lbs. of food, and sometimes a lot more. There are 12 different species of Galapagos tortoises, but two of them are extinct. The remaining Galapagos tortoises are labeled as "threatend" and "vulnerable." A lot of people mistakenly call tortoises "turtles." A turtle is water-dwelling (either sea or fesh water), omnivorous and flat shelled, while tortoises are land-dwelling, vegetarian, and have dome-shaped shells. Also, tortoises are really, really slow (average speed for a Galapagos tortoise is .18 mph!) and turtles are actually surprisingly fast.
Asked in Galapagos Islands
Are the Galapagos Islands named after the Galapagos tortoise?
Asked in Endangered, Vulnerable, and Threatened Species, Reptiles, Turtles and Tortoises, Galapagos Islands
How big can the giant galapagos tortoises get?
Asked in South America, Galapagos Islands
What eats opuntia cactus in the islands of galapagos?
What is the largest reptile on the galapagos islands?