Last updated: June 29, 2001
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There are a bunch of different species of tortoises found on the Galápagos
islands, and here is a variety of them. Notice, for example, that the shell
(carapace) shape is completely different for the two tortoises in the lower
row. The one on the right has a saddle-like shape (and in fact, the word
"Galápagos" in old Spanish refers to a kind of saddle for a horse).
All these photos were taken on Santa Cruz island, and except for the one on
the lower left, all were taken at the Charles Darwin research center where
there's a captive breeding program. The other we found walking down the road.