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World's Biggest Tortoise

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Though unusual, but real that among the remaining giant tortoises of the Galápagos Islands, there lives an old-timer which was a hatchling at the time of Charles Darwin’s famous visit in 1835. Giant tortoises are the long-lived of all vertebrates, averaging over 100 years. Records shows that the oldest ever lived was of 152 years.

They are the world’s largest tortoises, with some specimens exceeding even 5 feet (1.5 meters) in length and reaching 550 pounds (250 kilograms).

Now there are only 11 types of giant tortoises left in the Galápagos, down from 15 when Darwin arrived. They were hunted as food by whalers, pirates and merchantmen during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

Galápagos tortoises live an uncomplicated life, grazing on leaves, grass and cactus, basking in the sun, and sleeping nearly 16 hours a day. Amazing fact is that their slow metabolism and large internal stores of water help them to live up to a year without eating or even drinking.

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